Nathan Horton Injury: Updates on Bruins Star's Status

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVJune 13, 2013

Boston Bruins star forward Nathan Horton left Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Chicago Blackhawks with an upper-body injury late in the game's first overtime period.


UPDATE: Saturday, June 15, at 1:15 p.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland

Nathan Horton will play tonight in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final, according to Jonas Seigel of TSN. 

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UPDATE: Friday, June 14, at 5:30 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to CSN New England's Joe Haggerty, Claude Julien made it clear that Horton will play if he feels good enough in Game 2:

“We’re talking here like Horton is not in. You’ll see tomorrow,” Julien said. “You’ve seen him [at practice]. I’m not going there because it’s presuming Horton isn’t in. Tomorrow we’ll find out more, and if he’s not in then we’ll be more than happy to answer some questions.

“He’s day-to-day, and that’s what he is. He practiced today and we’ll have to make a decision on him tomorrow. It was encouraging to see him out there today. If he feels good tomorrow then he’s in the lineup. It’s as simple as that.”


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UPDATE: Friday, June 14, at 2:20 p.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland

Horton's shoulder sublaxation is going to require surgery, according to a report from TSN.

Boston Bruins forward Nathan Horton has reportedly been playing with a shoulder injury that will eventually require surgery. 

The Bruins termed it an upper body injury and coach Claude Julien on Thursday said Horton is day-to-day. Game 2 is set for Saturday in Chicago.

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UPDATE: Thursday, June 13, at 7:35 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

WEEI's D.J. Bean reported that Horton has been dealing with a chronic shoulder issue:

According to a source with direct knowledge of the situation, Nathan Horton has been dealing with chronic left shoulder subluxation, which caused him to leave Wednesday’s Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals during the first overtime. The injury was originally suffered when Horton fought Penguins forward Jarome Iginla on April 20, with Horton missing the final five games of the regular season before returning for the playoffs.

Horton has received shots prior to each game to deal with the pain, and though his shoulder has popped out of its socket at points during the playoffs, Wednesday’s occurrence, when he bumped into Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson in front of the Chicago net on a Bruins power play, was the most painful thus fair. His shoulder was popped back in after he left the ice, but he was in too much pain to return to the game.


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UPDATE: Thursday, June 13, at 3:42 p.m. ET by Eric Ball

The team continues to be tight-lipped on the status of Horton. Coach Claude Julien calls him day-to-day according to's Dan Rosen:

Juilen and the rest of Bruins nation might be looking for a few four-leaf clovers in the next two days (via Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston):


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UPDATE: Thursday, June 13, at 12:40 p.m. ET by Tom Kinslow

There hasn't been word of what exactly is ailing Nathan Horton, but the bad news, per Darren Dreger of TSN, is that the Bruins star is doubtful for Game 2.

After the game, Horton's teammate Milan Lucic talked to Joe McDonald of about the impact his absence would have.

"It sucks," Lucic said. "Everyone knows how big of a player he is for us, especially in the playoffs. He's also shown that he can score big goals at big times."

After Horton's injury, Tyler Seguin was inserted onto that line.

"You hope that it's not [serious]," Lucic said. "There's two days of rest here, and you hope he can get himself ready to go on Saturday night."

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Dan Rosen of reported the injury as it happened, which sent Horton immediately to the dressing room:

The Bruins took to Twitter during the second overtime to confirm that Horton had not returned to the bench:

Horton was battling for position in front of Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford when the injury occurred. He was tangled up with Chicago defender Niklas Hjalmarsson in front of the crease and quickly tensed up, but it was unclear what exactly happened to knock the Bruins forward out of the game. 

Bill Barnwell of ESPN's Grantland quoted the words of NBC's on-air analyst Mike Milbury, who had a rather simple explanation of what he saw take place in the crease:

The 28-year-old has emerged as one of Boston's biggest playmakers in this year's playoffs. He has more assists in the playoffs this year (10) than he had in all of the regular season (nine) and has added seven goals in the Bruins' playoff run.

Horton notched his 10th assist of the playoffs in Game 1 on the first goal of the series, feeding Milan Lucic for the first of his two goals on the night. 

The former third overall pick in the 2003 draft was the Bruins' hero during their 2011 Stanley Cup run when he went down with an ugly injury and was hospitalized after a hit from Vancouver's Aaron Rome in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final. The hit was arguably the turning point in that series, as the Bruins scored 21 of the final 25 goals after Horton went down.