Boston Bruins forward Nathan Horton had to leave Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final due to an undisclosed injury, while coach Claude Julien said Thursday his forward is simply listed as being "day to day."
According to a report from D.J. Bean of WEEI in Boston, Horton's injury is a chronic left shoulder subluxation (or in other words, a dislocated shoulder) that apparently started with a fight against Pittsburgh's Jarome Iginla during the regular season (shown above).
Horton has received shots prior to each game to deal with the pain, and though his shoulder has popped out of its socket at points during the playoffs, Wednesday's occurrence, when he bumped into Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson in front of the Chicago net on a Bruins power play, was the most painful thus fair. His shoulder was popped back in after he left the ice, but he was in too much pain to return to the game.
The injury will reportedly require surgery after the season to tighten the socket so the shoulder stays in place.
What's amazing about this is the fact that Horton has been one of Boston's best players during the playoffs. As of Friday he is the second leading scorer in the NHL this postseason with 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists) in 17 games.
Horton is eligible for unrestricted free agency this summer and if he hits the open market will surely be one of the top players available.