On the side of the Boston Bruins, much of the talk following their triple overtime loss in Game 1 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals hasn’t necessarily focused so much on what they need to do to bounce back, but whether or not one of their key players would be in the lineup to allow them to do so.
Luckily, that player will be ready to roll against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 2. That player is Nathan Horton. Horton has been one of the most consistent offensive players for the Bruins in the postseason, combining with David Krejci and Milan Lucic to create one of the deadlier offensive trios in these Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Horton left Game 1 during the first overtime with an upper body injury. That injury was believed to be an aggravation of something that he had already injured previously. As it turns out, those rumors turned out to be true, as Horton was forced to leave due to a shoulder injury and was officially listed as day-to-day.
The somewhat official word on what has been plaguing Horton is chronic shoulder separation. It’s a brutal injury, but he’ll be ready to go for Game 2. Which is great news for the Bruins. They went with Tyler Seguin on that line when Horton went down in Game 1, but he wasn’t nearly as effective.
Horton has shaken off an average regular season and bounced back with a fantastic postseason this year. He’s second on the Bruins in scoring during these playoffs, trailing only his linemate Krejci, and is a plus-22. With Horton back in the mix, we’ll see if the Bruins can steal one on the road as Game 2 approaches on Saturday night.