Boston Bruins right-winger Nathan Horton injured his shoulder in Game 1 of the NFL Stanley Cup Finals. But today he skated for the second consecutive day fueling speculation he’ll play tonight.
He left in the first overtime of a three overtime thriller. The Bruins lost that game to the Chicago Blackhawks, 4-3 in the third overtime.
“He feels really good and he looks really good out there, and I see no reason why he should not play tonight,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien, via USA TODAY.
Losing Horton would hurt the Bruins offensively as they look to bounce back from the game 1 loss. He is the teams second leading point producer with seven goals and 18 points in 17 games. His plus/minus (+22) for the playoffs is the highest recorded by a player in NHL postseason history.
His team is trying to take the news as it comes, not tying any emotion or hopes into whether Horton will play or not.
“There is always a story line where there is a player who either going to be in or out, but at the end of the day, there is really nothing you can do about it,” said Boston defenseman Andrew Ference.