It takes a lot for a hockey player to miss any ice time, especially when the ice time is during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.
That’s why Bruins fans were worried to see first-line forward Nathan Horton leave the ice during a B’s power play on Wednesday night and never return.
Horton made contact with Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson in front of the Chicago net and immediately hunched over in pain. According to a WEEI.com source “with direct knowledge of the situation,” Horton has been dealing with chronic left shoulder subluxation, which is similar to a shoulder dislocation.
The injury was originally suffered when Horton fought Penguins forward Jarome Iginla on April 20, according to the report. Horton also missed the final five games of the regular season.
While his shoulder popped back in during the game, he never returned and has since been listed by the B’s as “day-to-day.”
Horton, who has seven goals, 11 assists and an NHL-best plus-22 in the playoffs, is an unrestricted free agent this offseason.