Horton out for remainder of finals

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Horton out for remainder of finals

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comBOSTON The Boston Bruins have confirmed what was feared after Game 3: Nathan Horton has a severe concussion and will miss the rest of the Stanley Cup Finals after being hit in the head by Vancouver defenseman Aaron Rome Monday nightat TD Garden amid a big 8-1 victory for the Bruins.Horton was drilled more than a full second after he released the puck on a pass to Milan Lucic in the neutral zone, and then slammed his head on the ice. The collision caused what the team called a severe concussion, which will keep Horton out for the remainder of the Finals."He's gone back home," said coach Claude Julien in announcing that Horton had been released from Massachusetts General Hospital. ""We lost a pretty good player, but we're glad to know it's not as bad as you always suspect.
"Obviously it's a long roadto recovery and we're hoping he can come back fully real soon."According to TSN's Bob McKenzie, Rome sent a text to Horton in which he said it was never his intent to hurt the Bruins' winger.The Bs right winger played two minutes and two shifts in the first period before suffering the injury. A combination of Michael Ryder and Rich Peverley replaced Horton at right wing on the top line for the rest of the game.Horton, 26, is tied for second on the Bruins in playoff scoring with 17 points on eight goals and nine assists, and became the first player in NHL playoff history to notch a pair of game-winning goals in two different Game 7s. He tallied three game-winning goals this postseason in all. Horton finished his first year as a Bruin with 26 goals and 27 assists for 53 points during the regular season.The Horton news was first reported by 98.5 the Sports Hub radio host Tony Massarotti on Tuesday morning during the "Toucher and Rich Show."

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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.