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Bruins’ Horton (upper body) to miss third straight game, but ‘progressing well’

Apr 25, 2013, 12:02 PM EDT

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There’s a good news, bad news scenario at play regarding Nathan Horton.

The good news is the Boston forward skated on Thursday morning.

The bad news is he won’t play Thursday night.

Horton will miss his third straight game with an upper-body injury against the Lightning, still feeling the effects of whatever he hurt during a fight with Pittsburgh’s Jarome Iginla on Saturday.

B’s head coach Claude Julien said Horton is “on the right track” and “progressing well,” though it remains to be seen if the 27-year-old will get back into the lineup before the playoffs.

The Bruins have two games remaining after tonight’s tilt against the Bolts — Saturday in Washington and Sunday at home against the Senators.

You’d think Boston would want to get Horton back in the lineup as soon as possible.

While he’s had a somewhat inconsistent year, he remains one of the club’s best net-front presences and is third in goals, with 13 — an important figure, as all 13 have come at even strength.

  1. sjsharks66 - Apr 25, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    Honesty, i have no idea why the wanted from Iggy. To just get him off the ice for 5 minutes?

    • nosefacekillah - Apr 25, 2013 at 12:37 PM

      Really? No idea why the Bruins may have an issue with Iginla? I can think of one……

      • bildomatic - Apr 25, 2013 at 1:11 PM

        If you watch the replay Horton runs Iggy pretty good and Iggy basically challenged him and said lets go which Horton obviously obliged. A lot of people asking why or saying that Horton “went after” Iggy which wasn’t my impression from the fight…

  2. jcmeyer10 - Apr 25, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    As a B’s fan it was troubling to see this fight happen. They let their hearts dictate their actions and not fuel their play.

    That’s when teams get in trouble.

  3. dolanster - Apr 25, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    The way Horton has been playing it’s maybe a net plus to have him off the ice. Gives Soderberg a spot and gets Lucic out of the press box. This was also the wussiest fight that I’ve ever seen result in a three-game injury. I think Horton tweaked his finger while falling down with a handful of Iginla’s sweater. My advice: stick to trying to get a shot on goal per game. Your pathetically under-achieving “first line” needs you.

  4. 8man - Apr 25, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    Bs 6-8, including the game that night, since being rejected by Iginla. Could be coincidence. Without Jagr, they may not even be in the mix for the second seed.

  5. sjsharks66 - Apr 25, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    I guess I meant to say why do the players care so much? It was his decision to go where he wanted. I think he earned the right to choose.

  6. crusty14 - Apr 25, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    Sjshark, I dont think the players do care. As someone else posted, Horton threw a hit on iggy, and it looks like iggy said let’s go, so they did! End of story, just unfortunate weird injury

    • nosefacekillah - Apr 25, 2013 at 3:38 PM

      You don’t think a player has any emotional investment in their team? Iggy strung Boston along then kicked them to the curb. Not only did he disappoint them by choosing another team he insulted them by playing them for a fool.

      Don’t forget Boston offered the best deal (as described by Calgary) and the reports were the Boston locker was excited when told Iggy would be a Bruin. Instead he threw the Bruins into chaos for a few days.

      I think this had a large role in starting the fight. The play on the ice was no where close to warranting this response.

  7. hockeyflow33 - Apr 25, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    Iginla spurns us again!

  8. whammy71 - Apr 25, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    I say middle body injury……inflamed vag!

    • 8man - Apr 25, 2013 at 5:55 PM

      I was already rooting against the Pens. You’d better hope they win it all, son. Or you’ll have to login as someone else because of all the words you’ll have to eat. WHAMMY!

  9. frasca5 - Apr 26, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    Iggy is a chump….glad we got Jagr instead, the best thing will be seeing the pens get knocked out if the playoffs and another year Iggy don’t win the cup….SUCK IT PITT!

    • whammy71 - Apr 26, 2013 at 7:57 PM

      Yeah – Jags is just filling the net. Out with the “flu” . Which is Czeck for inflamed vag! WHAMMY!!!

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