No update on Horton after suffering injury

No update on Horton after suffering injury
April 20, 2013, 5:45 pm
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While the Bruins seemed to find their physicality and get in touch with their intensity in an emotionally charged atmosphere, it might have come at a cost. Bruins right wing Nathan Horton was among the most notably intense players on the ice as he registered four hits in just 5:18 of ice time and dropped the gloves with Pittsburgh power forward Jarome Iginla after a quick exchange between the two in the first period.

Horton landed a pair of punches to Iginla before the Pittsburgh winger dropped to the ice and dragged his combatant down with him. It wasn’t clear if it was Iginla holding Horton’s jersey on his way down or Horton bracing his hand for impact with the ice, but he appeared to hurt his left hand/wrist.

Horton immediately got up from the scrap and headed right to the Bruins dressing room as he was flexing his left wrist and hand on his way off the ice. He never returned to the game after leaving with the upper body issue in the first period.

Bruins coach Claude Julien said that there was no update following the 3-2 loss to the Penguins, but indicated one could be forthcoming soon on Horton’s condition.

“Obviously the injury came from the fight. I’ll let you guys know whenever the final evaluation is made,” said Julien. “That could be later on tonight, or tomorrow morning at the latest.”

If Horton can’t answer the bell, then it seems very likely that Milan Lucic will draw back into Boston’s lineup on Sunday after serving as a healthy scratch for Saturday’s loss to the Penguins.

“I think I need to reevaluate our whole team here. We’ve had some issues obviously, some injuries…some guys that are banged up,” said Julien. “I have to look at all of that stuff after I’m done with you guys.”

There’s every chance that Lucic would have been playing on Sunday against the Panthers anyway after getting a chance to collect himself while watching a game from the ninth floor press box on Saturday.