BOSTON — Bruins forward Nathan Horton is at home recuperating from the severe concussion he suffered in Game 3 on Monday. The Bruins aren't sure when he'll be able to be around the team again, but he certainly isn't far from their thoughts as they continue on in the Stanley Cup Final.
"I think a couple guys have sent him some texts, I sent him a text," Bruins forward Tyler Seguin said after Wednesday's morning skate prior to Game 4. "I don't expect anything back. Obviously he's going through a lot right now. But we all just wanted to make sure he knows that we have his back and we are all supporting him."
Fellow forward Brad Marchand also expressed his concern, while also noting the need to remain focused on Wednesday's game.
"Obviously we're very worried about him and he's a big part of our team, but we have to make sure we're focused for the game," Marchand said. "He's obviously going to be in our minds and our hearts, but we just have to make sure that we're focused."
Bruins coach Claude Julien did not know if Horton would be at the Garden during Wednesday's Game 4 or at any point later in the series.
"He's obviously had a severe concussion," Julien said. "Most of the time we let those guys stay back, get their rest and get better before we even allow them to come to the rink. I can't answer that because I don't have the answer. As you know, being around a bunch of people is not the best thing for someone suffering with a concussion."
Julien stressed that Horton's presence would still be felt strongly even if he isn't physically at TD Garden. At the same time, he made it clear that the Bruins still have some very important business to take care of, and Horton more than anyone would want them to remain focused on the task at hand.
"I think it was pretty clear after last game [with] that famous jacket that they've been giving out between wins, players decided to leave it in his stall," Julien said. "No. 1, he's not forgotten.
"On the other hand, I don't think you have to focus on what's happened more than what needs to happen here in this next game," Julien said. "We desperately need a win to get ourselves back in this series. That's where our focus is. It's certainly not going to be about looking for revenge. Justice has been served, so there's no other reason to look for more. I think we just have to go out there, and if we really want to make Nathan happy, we know what we have to do to make him happy, and that's to win the Stanley Cup."
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