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Nathan Horton will miss entire 2012 playoffs with concussion

Apr 11, 2012, 10:51 AM EDT

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The news was already grim for Bruins forward Nathan Horton when it came to whether or not he’d play in the postseason as early inclinations said he’d be a “long shot” to find his way into any games.

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli ended all the speculation and announced Horton will not play at all during the 2012 playoffs. Horton has been out since late January with a concussion suffered against the Flyers when Tom Sestito caught him in the head with a hit. Sestito was not punished for the play.

Horton’s concussion history has been high-profile in Boston as the hit he suffered at the hands of Vancouver’s Aaron Rome during Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals knocked him out for the rest of the series. After seeing Horton return to action at the start of this season, many wondered if Horton was fully recovered as the hit from Rome was a crushing blow.

The Bruins have been doing well without Horton of late but keeping that going through the postseason and trying to repeat as Cup champions is going to be a lot harder to do without him as Horton was one of Boston’s more clutch performers last season.

  1. nhbsfan - Apr 11, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Sucks…getting sick of losing guys to concussions. First Savard and now Horton…

  2. govtminion - Apr 11, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Cue the happy comments from habsfan.

    • habsman - Apr 11, 2012 at 12:30 PM

      Boston over the Caps in five.

      Happy enough for you?

      • grimlock410 - Apr 11, 2012 at 5:43 PM

        That would be 5 more playoff games than the habs get.

  3. crusty14 - Apr 11, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    Sucker puncher, greggy’s dad, karma, blah , blah, blah!

  4. derekl1113 - Apr 11, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    As much as it will be tough to watch the playoffs without Horton on the ice, I’d much rather see him get better and come back next year strong and healthy. His three game winning playoff goals (2 game sevens) will be missed but I think this team is ready to win one for Horty!

  5. crusty14 - Apr 11, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    Is that your first pro bruin comment, habsman?

    • amerika1313 - Apr 11, 2012 at 12:43 PM

      Yeah. As soon as he clicked “Post comment” he realized what he’d just done and spontaneously combusted at his keyboard.

      • drewsylvania - Apr 11, 2012 at 1:22 PM

        One can dream.

  6. pastabelly - Apr 11, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    The Flyer hit wasn’t dirty. He was probably back to early from the Rome hit (that really dirty one in the Finals). As to first Savard, it was really first Bergeron. He really lost a couple years of his career on the dirty Randy Jones hit.

    The Bruins are fine with Peverley on the Krejci/Lucic line. It really impacts the 3rd line. I still get nervous when I think they rely so much Kelly-Pouliott-Rolston. They have been playing well together. I just can’t figure out how.

  7. homelanddefense - Apr 11, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    This should have been expected. What Im really worried about is the health of McQuaid and Boychuk.

    McQuaid is out game 1, Boychuk is day to day. Losing those two and Horton is a ton of toughness out of the lineup. Two solid D guys and a top line scorer.

  8. bergeronforselke - Apr 11, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    Wonder if the Verizon Center hire extra security to keep Horton from pouring Garden ice water on the Verizon Center rink.

  9. 8man - Apr 11, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    I’m not surprise, though no less disappointed. Damnit!

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