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CHICAGO—According to a report from DJ Bean of the Big Bad Blog on WEEI.com, Boston Bruins forward Nathan Horton has been dealing with a chronic shoulder subluxation, which is why he left Game 1 on Wednesday night in pain. In a cruel twist of irony, the injury was first suffered when the gritty forward fought Pittsburgh Penguin Jarome Iginla back on April 20.
As some may recall, the shoulder problem caused him to miss the final five games of the season, and then he returned for playoff action. However, they reared their ugly head again Wednesday night when during battle at the front of the net on the powerplay, he bumped into Niklas Hjalmarsson a defenseman for the Blackhawks . That appeared to be the final straw for Horton. He did have his shoulder popped in once he came off the ice, but was in too much pain to return.
This injury will not require surgery in the offseason according to the report, and the likely method of treatment is a procedure that would involve tightening the socket so that the shoulder stops popping out. His status for Saturday’s tilt in the hockey palace that is the United Center is still unknown and the team has classified him as “day-to-day.”
There is no denying that he has been an integral part of the Bruins’ run to the Stanley Cup Finals. He is second on the team with seven goals and 11 assists for a total of 18 points this season, and it seems as though he turns up his level of play when the pressure is on and the spotlight is bright.
Hopefully for the Bruins, he will be well enough to play on Saturday. If not , the team will be stuck with the difficult task of replacing him, and for a team that is already being challenged by the potent blitzkrieg that is the Chicago offense, this is an unfortunate distraction that they could have done without.