According to a source with direct knowledge of the situation, Nathan Horton has been dealing with chronic left shoulder subluxation, which caused him to leave Wednesday’s Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals during the first overtime. The injury was originally suffered when Horton fought Penguins forward Jarome Iginla on April 20.
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.
Yet he is second in the NHL in playoff scoring (behind only David Krejci) and is leading the entire NHL in plus minus this post season. This guy is friggin gamer.
Anyway, there had been speculation that Horton had been playing with an "upper body injury" but it was nothing more than a speculation (and vague speculation, at that). Now that the exact injury has been revealed, it will be interesting to see if the Blackhawks will get more physical with Horton in an attempt to exploit the shoulder.
Dont get me wrong, I still think the Bruins can beat the Blackhawks without him. But if he's out of the lineup for any amount of time my prediction of Bruins in 5 goes out the window. This just may end up being a 7 game series cerka the Canucks series in 2011.