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CHICAGO-- According to a report from Matt Kalman of CBSBoston.com, Boston Bruins forward Nathan Horton suffered an undisclosed injury last night and his status is unknown.
Horton left the game in the first overtime Wednesday night and did not return to the action. Although as the article notes his injury is still uncertain, he appeared to be in great pain after shoving Chicago’s Niklas Hjalmarsson during a physical battle in front of the net. This occurred after he hit the post with a shot and then visibly hurting, he skated off the ice and into the locker room while Boston was on the powerplay, not returning.
Head coach Claude Julien did not have much to offer the media regarding Horton’s status after the game.
“Nothing right now because there’s nothing to say,” Julien said. “Our doctors haven’t finalized the evaluation properly.”
His absence was felt on the ice as the Bruins had multiple opportunities to score in all three overtime frames but could not capitalize. The injury forced Boston to make adjustments with some players logging a lot of ice time due to his absence from the bench. Milan Lucic, who scored two goals for the Black and Gold touched on how devastating Horton’s absence is while on the ice.
“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.”
Depending on the length of his absence, this could be a big loss for Boston. However, his uncertain status may mean that he could be back on the ice for Saturday’s crucial Game Two tilt. He has established himself as a key role player and as Lucic touched on, someone who elevates his game when the pressure is on. Now, his teammates may have to do the same as a win on Saturday is crucial.