Monday, January 30, 2012
Nathan Horton to miss more time
By Joe McDonald
BOSTON -- Boston Bruins forward Nathan Horton is still feeling the effects of a mild concussion he suffered on Jan. 22 against the Philadelphia Flyers, and he won't be allowed to do any physical activity for at least another three or four days, according to coach Claude Julien.
After a five-day break due to the annual All-Star Game, the Bruins were back on the practice ice Monday afternoon at TD Garden as they prepare to host the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday. But Horton was not on the ice and won't return until he is symptom-free.
"He is getting better," Julien said. "But for at least three days we won't be doing anything with him. He's still at the point where he hasn't ridden the bike yet, but he is getting better. When you have a concussion it's about headaches and everything else, and everything is going in the right direction right now."
Horton suffered the injury in the second period against Philadelphia when he was on the receiving end of a late hit by the Flyers' Tom Sestito. Horton stayed in the game for the remainder of the period but sat out the third.
"We keep our fingers crossed and hope he gets better quickly," Julien said.
Horton suffered a severe concussion in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals last spring and missed the rest of the series. He also struggled at the beginning of this season and admitted that effects of the concussion may have been partly to blame.
With Horton's absence from the top line, fellow winger Rich Peverley has been playing with David Krejci and Milan Lucic.
Joe McDonald covers the Bruins for ESPNBoston.com.