BOSTON -- Confirming what most had already suspected of Bostons fallen Game 7 playoff hero, its looking more and more like Nathan Horton might not be playing again for the Bruins this year.
A source close to the right winger told CSNNE.com that there have been no extensive organizational conversations about shutting down Horton as of yet, but the B's concussed power forward wont be returning anytime soon.
With six games left in the regular season after Tuesday nights tilt against the Tampa Bay Lightning, not much time is left for Horton attempt a comeback. And it doesnt appear he will be attempting that comeback soon.
They havent had those discussions yet, but its not too difficult to figure it out, the source said when asked if the Bs have reached a point where it makes sense to shut down Horton for the year.
If he misses the rest of the regular season, Horton will have missed 30 games with what was first termed a "mild" concussion. He was the victim of a Tom Sestito blindside hit to the head against the Flyers back on Jan. 22, eight months after Vancouver's Aaron Rome knocked Horton out of the Stanley Cup Finals with a head shot in Game 3.
It's difficult to envision Horton dropping back into the playoff-style pressure cooker after missing more than two full months and 30 games of the NHL regular season.
General manager Peter Chiarelli indicated shortly after the Horton's last concussion that the power forward would return at some point this season, but the Bruins have been much less firm in their statements as Hortons recovery has flattened out.
Bruins president Cam Neely wrote in an e-mail to CSNNE.com theres nothing to report when asked about potentially shutting down Horton for the season.
Horton reached the point where he was ready to get on the ice back in February, but he suffered a setback when he tried to skate. Horton hasnt attempted to get back out on the ice since then, but he has been working out on his own over the last few weeks.
The injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Dolphins game:
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
C David Andrews (illness)
OT Marcus Cannon (ankle)
WR Chris Hogan (shoulder)
TE Martellus Bennett (shoulder/hamstring)
WR Danny Amendola (knee)
DT Malcom Brown (ankle)
S Patrick Chung (ankle)
CB Eric Rowe (groin)
WR Matthew Slater (hamstring)
OFF INJURY LIST
QB Tom Brady (Achilles)
TE Rob Gronkowski (illness)
G Jermon Bushrod (foot)
DE William Hayes (back)
QB Jay Cutler (concussion)
T Laremy Tunsill (illness)
LB Stephone Anthony (quadriceps)
S Maurice Smith (illness)
OFF INJURY LIST
RB Senorise Perry (knee)
S Michael Thomas (knee)
DT Ndamukong Suh (not injury related)
BOSTON – The Bruins always hope to give their fans something good in their annual matinee on the day after Thanksgiving, and that was the case Friday.
They got off on the right foot with a great first period, then finished with an electric breakaway from David Pastrnak in the third period, and posted an entertaining, solid 4-3 win over the back-to-back Stanley Cup champ Pittsburgh Penguins at TD Garden.
Pastrnak’s 11th goal of the season was the game-winner. The Penguins had battled back from 2-0 and 3-1 deficits and tied the score, then Pastrnak was freed up by a brilliant neutral-zone pass from Riley Nash. He sped in all alone and flipped the puck over Matt Murray’s glove hand at 5:06 of the third.
David Krejci and Sean Kuraly had opened things up with goals in the first period, as the B's outshot the Penguins by a 14-4 margin. But Sidney Crosby and the Pens answered back in the second with three goals of their own, including a controversial game-tying score from Sid the Kid after Boston had moved ahead 3-1 on a goal from Charlestown native Matt Grzelcyk.
The Crosby goal came after it appeared the refs had called play dead with a whistle as the puck sat on Anton Khudobin’s waist in the crease. It also appeared to have been goalie interference, as Crosby’s stick had made contact with Khudobin while the puck was in mid-air. But on replay the officials overturned the call of no-goal on the ice, and the score was tied 3-3 after two.
That set things up for Pastrnak, who snapped a five-game goal-scoring stretch, and handed the red-hot Bruins their season-high fourth win in a row.