The injury occurred late in their triple overtime loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. Horton was battling in front of the Chicago net, and after checking a Blackhawks defenseman he immediately looked to be in pain. He skated off the ice and didn’t return for the rest of the game.
At that point, Bruins fans were fearing the worst. Along with David Krejci and Milan Lucic, Horton was contributing on one of the hottest lines in the postseason. He had tallied seven goals and eleven assists coming into Game 1 and had an astounding +22 in the plus/minus column. A severe injury could’ve seriously dented Boston’s chances of bringing home their second cup in three years.
However, Julien wasn’t able to commit to the chances his power forward is able to suit up for Game 2. At this point, his status for Saturday night is uncertain.
For Horton, it must have felt like deja vu.
During Boston’s 2011 Stanley Cup run, Horton was thoroughly enjoying his first ever trip to the postseason after being stuck with the Florida Panthers for the first half of his career. Series clinching goals over the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning had cemented him as a cult hero in Beantown. Unfortunately, a dirty hit in the final round from Aaron Rome of the Vancouver Canucks knocked Horton out for the rest of the postseason. He was able to take the ice after the Bruins finished off the Canucks in Game 7 to join in the championship celebrations.
If Horton is unable to dress for Game 2, Boston will most likely move Tyler Seguin up to the top line. Seguin has been in a miserable funk all postseason with just one goal to his name. However, lining up with a play-maker like Krejci could help lift him from the doldrums.
Either way, Boston has to be relieved that one of their biggest on-ice contributors isn’t shelved for the rest of the playoffs.