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Horton, Rask on ice before morning skate

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Horton, Rask on ice before morning skate

WILMINGTON -- Before the Bruins got back to work on Wednesday, following Tuesday night's 5-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins, forward Nathan Horton (concussion) and goaltender Tuukka Rask (lower abdomengroin) skated for approximately 40 minutes with strength and conditioning coach John Whitesides at Ristuccia Arena.

Missing from the Bruins' team skate was defenseman Johnny Boychuk, who left Tuesday's game with an apparent lower body injury after colliding with Arron Asham in the third period. Boychuk limped out of the TD Garden on his own power, but did not skate on Wednesday.

Lucic -- Krejci -- Peverley
Marchand -- Bergeron -- Seguin
PouliotCaron -- Kelly -- Rolston
PailleMacDermid -- Campbell -- Thornton

Chara, Seidenberg, McQuaid, Zanon, Corvo, Ference, Mottau, and Krug

Thomas, Turco, and Khudobin

Agent says Gordon Hayward is unlikely to return this season

Agent says Gordon Hayward is unlikely to return this season

Hopes that the Celtics would have Gordon Hayward back in the lineup later this year were dashed last night by Hayward's agent, Mark Bartelstein.

Hayward underwent surgery Wednesday night for a fractured and dislocated left tibia, and Celtics coach Brad Stevens had said earlier in the day that Hayward's prognosis would be better known after doctors saw the extent of the damage. When the operation was over, Bartelstein told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski not to expect Hayward to play again this season.

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“We’re expecting this to be a full recovery,” Stevens had said earlier. “No timeline on it, but a full recovery.”

NBC SPORTS BOSTON SCHEDULE

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Celtics drop back-to-back games

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Celtics drop back-to-back games

0:41 - Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith give their thoughts on Kyrie Irving’s struggles, not having Gordon Hayward, and the Celtics losing for the 2nd time in as many nights.

6:31 - A. Sherrod Blakely joins BST to discuss the message delivered by Hayward to the fans before the game, what was going on with Kyrie’s shot, and why they failed in stopping The Greek Freak.

10:33 - Albert Breer joins BST to preview the Falcons/Patriots Sunday night game and if Atlanta is in the middle of a Super Bowl hangover.

15:40 - In a new game called On The Clock, each person gets 40 seconds to rant on their selected subject including if Red Sox fans can root for the Yankees if the playoffs and how painful the Bruins season will be. 

NBC SPORTS BOSTON SCHEDULE