Horton (concussion) 'day-to-day'

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Horton (concussion) 'day-to-day'

WASHINGTON, D.C. Nathan Horton didnt finish Sundays game with the Philadelphia Flyers after falling victim to a head shot from Flyers winger Tom Sestito in the second period. Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli confirmed on Monday that Nathan Horton had suffered a mild concussion and was doubtful for Tuesday nights game against the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Arena.

I dont have an official update other than I think its a mild concussion from what I saw and heard last night and talking to him today. These things are day-to-day so Id say hes day-to-day. Hes in that gray area between taking the impact testing and see how it is the next day and the following day. Then you make a determination. Hes in that gray area right now.

Meanwhile there has been no word from the NHL about a potential hearing or supplemental discipline for Sestito's blindside rush at Horton.

While it was good news that the concussion was mild in nature, head injuries are clearly a concern with Horton after his Stanley Cup Finals were cut short by a late hit from Vancouver Canucks forward Aaron Rome. With Horton doubtful for Tuesdays game, Zach Hamill would find his way back into the Bs lineup and Horton would have four days off around the NHL All-Star break to rest and recover.

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

BOSTON -- With three crushing losses in a row at a time when results are really all that matters, the Boston Bruins are reeling at the wrong time during the regular season. The B’s tried their best to win a game 0-0 with strong defense against a sleepy Chicago Blackhawks bunch on Friday night, but ultimately coughed up a Marian Hossa goal in the final minutes for a 1-0 regulation loss at TD Garden.

The defeat continued a swirl downward for the Black and Gold over the last week, and was a second straight shutout loss on home ice for the first time in almost 15 years. The losing stretch has also kicked up the chatter that Claude Julien is in trouble as head coach of the Bruins, and the hockey club’s underperformance up and down the lineup is ultimately going to cost the NHL’s longest tenured bench boss his job.

The Ottawa Senators have passed the Bruins in the Atlantic Division, and it’s only a matter of time before the Toronto Maple Leafs move by them as well with both Toronto and Ottawa holding six games in hand on Boston. Combine all of this with the B’s having missed the playoffs in each of the previous two seasons leading into this one, and it shouldn’t be at all surprising that Julien is squarely on the coaching hot seat.

The B’s bench boss was asked about his job security after the Chicago loss, and clearly didn’t appreciate the tough, but appropriate question.

“Well, I’m not into shock-journalism,” said Julien in a prideful tone. “So I’ll stay away from that question if you don’t mind.”

The Bruins posted their Saturday schedule shortly after Julien and the B’s players had addressed the media following the loss, and sure enough the embattled coach is scheduled to address the media post-practice as part of the regular practice day routine. So it doesn’t seem that a move with Julien is imminent this weekend despite another loss, but both the coach and the players know something is going to happen to shake things up with this team if they continue to struggle.

“Right now it’s a results based situation, so if you’re going to keep losing games then probably something’s going to happen,” said Torey Krug. “But right now we’re just pretty down emotionally after this game, so I don’t want to look at the big picture. I just [want to] focus on what’s going on in this room, and hopefully we can come back with a good effort the next game.”

A good effort might help Julien’s standing with the Bruins in the short term, but it’s impossible to imagine the B’s bench boss making it through the rest of the Bruins regular season given all of things working against him right now.