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The sight Nathan Horton spotted would have paralyzed any player: the 6-foot-3, 214-pound Dion Phaneuf, known around the league as a punishing hitter, closing in on him like a blue-and-white locomotive.
Horton wasn’t scared.
Horton held his ground and executed the play that needed to be made. Just before the ruthless Phaneuf tried to check him out of Ontario and into Quebec, Horton chipped the puck off the boards and up to David Krejci. Seconds later, Krejci scored the overtime winner in Wednesday’s 4-3 Game 4 victory.