Nathan Horton reached a major milestone in just his sixth game as a Columbus Blue Jacket.
The winger, who came to Columbus in July after three seasons with the Boston Bruins, tallied the 200th goal of his career Monday night, firing a rocket from the top of the circle over the left shoulder of Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Anders Lindback.
Two hundred goals is no small achievement — he and Marian Gaborik are the only current Blue Jackets who have reached the mark — but Horton said after the game that he’s just happy to get it over with.
“I knew I was on 199,” he said, according to The Columbus Dispacth. “I wanted to get it over as quick as possible. It’s in the past now. I’m just looking forward to the future. Two hundred doesn’t mean nothing, but I’m just happy we won the game.”
Horton’s snipe tied the game at 2 early in the third period, and defenseman Jack Johnson lit the lamp later in the frame to give the Blue Jackets the win — their fifth in six games since Horton’s return from a shoulder injury. The former Bruins playoff hero has recorded points in four of those contests.
Check out Horton’s 200th in the video below.