You’re not in trouble in a playoff series until you lose at home. So there’s hardly a reason for the Boston Bruins after they dropped Game 1 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals in triple overtime to the Chicago Blackhawks. But if one of their key players can’t go, they might be in at least a little bit of trouble.
Nathan Horton left Game 1 early with an injury during the first of three overtime periods. He did not return. There were rumors that Horton was nursing an upper-body injury of some sort, with speculation falling on his shoulder. The injury came when he was battling down around the net on a power play in that first OT.
Officially, Horton is listed as day-to-day. But if this is an aggravation of whatever injury he was suffering from before, it would be a huge loss for the Bruins. It wouldn’t mean the end of their chances by any means, but they’d lose a key piece of what has been their best line during these playoffs.
Horton has played his way back into a major payday this summer after a somewhat disappointing regular season. His current point total to this point in the Stanley Cup Finals is just four shy of what he did in the regular season, with 18 points in the postseason so far. He has seven goals, including three game-winners. His line with David Krejci and Milan Lucic has been the best offensive line for the Bruins, and that includes in Wednesday’s Game 1.
The Bruins replaced Horton on that line with Tyler Seguin on Wednesday night. Seguin had a decent showing on that line with Krejci and Lucic, but has only five points during these playoffs, including only one goal. Given how much damage we’ve seen that line do with Horton in the mix during these playoffs, it would take away a great deal of their offense if he’s unable to go, though at this point there’s no indication that he’ll be out for an extended period of time.