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Nathan Horton makes strides in concussion recovery - just not on the ice

Nathan Horton

FILE - This June 29, 2010, file photo shows Boston Bruins forward Nathan Horton during a news conference, in Boston. Horton will miss the rest of the Stanley Cup finals with a severe concussion after he absorbed a blindside hit from Vancouver Canucks defenseman Aaron Rome during Game 3 on Monday night, June 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Bizuayehu Tesfaye, File)


Nathan Horton is the latest Boston Bruins forward to deal with recurring concussion issues but’s Joe Haggerty reports that he’s making progress. Horton still isn’t at the point where he’s making those strides in a literal way - on the ice - though.

Horton has been sidelined for two games and counting thanks to a blindside hit by Philadelphia Flyers tough guy Tom Sestito. He recently recovered from a high-profile concussion suffered in Game 3 of the 2011 Stanley Cup finals, although it’s unlikely that this issue is as serious as the blow administered by Aaron Rome.

Horton has experienced an up-and-down season, but the results have been pretty solid overall. He has 17 goals and 32 points in 46 games with a robust 54 penalty minutes.

The Bruins are a deep enough team to withstand this loss for a while, but there’s little doubt that the team would prefer to keep the Horton, Milan Lucic and David Krejci line together as often as possible.