Boston forward Nathan Horton won’t travel with the team to Philly for Tuesday’s game against the Flyers, according to CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty.
Horton, 27, left Saturday’s 3-2 loss to Pittsburgh with what appeared to be a hand injury after fighting Pens forward Jarome Iginla.
Bruins head coach Claude Julien didn’t offer many specifics about Horton’s condition following the game, but did acknowledge the injury occurred during the scrap.
“Obviously the injury came from the fight,” he explained. “I’ll let you guys know whenever the final evaluation is made.”
The Bruins can ill-afford to lose Horton for any period of time.
While he’s had a somewhat inconsistent year, he remains one of the club’s best net-front presences and is third in goals, with 13 — an important figure, as Boston only has four double-digit goalscorers at the moment.
After Tuesday’s game, Boston has three remaining: Thursday against Tampa Bay, Saturday at Washington and Sunday’s home date, the last game of the regular season, against Ottawa.
Normally, Boston Bruins players hand autographed jerseys to season ticket holders after a home game as part of a “Shirt Off Their Backs” promotion. This time around, Bruins fans inspired the team to make another great gesture in wake of the Boston Marathon Tragedies, as players presented those game-used sweaters to first responders following Sunday’s 3-0 win against the Florida Panthers instead:
Here’s a quick gallery of photos from that post-game ceremony, via Getty:
The Bruins and fellow teams respond to the tragedy
“Sweet Caroline” at Madison Square Garden
Bruins, Penguins tip their caps to Boston
Doc Emrick’s “Forever Strong” message
B’s honor victims, show support
Boston power forward Milan Lucic was scratched for this afternoon’s game against the Penguins.
The move was talked about after the Bruins lost to Buffalo on Wednesday and all signs indicated he would be sat down against Pittsburgh. This season, Lucic has just six goals and has just two goals in his last 26 games. For a former 30-goal scorer that’s really not getting it done.
Taking Lucic’s spot in the lineup is Swedish rookie Carl Soderberg who makes his NHL debut after arriving from Linkoping in the Swedish Elite League.
This afternoon’s game in Boston between the Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins is showing off how they pay tribute to City of Boston in a special way.
The Bruins came out for the pregame skate before today’s game sporting baseball caps (pictured) of the Massachusetts State Police, Boston Police Department, and Watertown Police Department instead of their helmets. This gesture is reminiscent of what the New York Mets did following 9/11 wearing caps honoring New York City’s police and fire departments.
The Penguins are jumping in with their own tribute in the form of a patch on their jersey for today’s game. Team equipment manager Dana Heinze shows off the design via Twitter.
Expect this afternoon’s game to be sky-high with emotion for the Bruins after the capture of the second Boston Marathon bombing suspect yesterday.
(Photo: Bruins Instagram)
Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jarome Iginla will play in Boston today.
That’s significant because it will be his first trip to TD Garden this season, and since he elected to be traded from the Calgary Flames to Pittsburgh in late March and NOT Boston.
Even members of the Bruins’ front office believed they had won the Iginla sweepstakes.
It’s believed Bruins’ fans aren’t likely to give the 35-year-old Iginla, who has scored 527 goals and 1,101 points in 1,227 career regular season games, a warm reception.
“I saw on the Internet that [Iginla] was in Pittsburgh when I expected him to be with us. It was a little bit of a shocker. I didn’t really know what the reason was, but that’s the way it goes sometimes,” Bruins forward Brad Marchand told CSNNE.com.
“Nothing is done until it’s signed and he’s over here. I’m sure there will be some fans that will be unhappy about the way it went down. I’m sure he won’t be welcomed in the building. But it’s also part of what makes these games even more fun.”
That’s one storyline.
It’s also a meeting of two very strong teams in the Eastern Conference.
The Penguins, even without the injured Sidney Crosby, are first in the East with a 33-10-0 record and 66 points. The Bruins are fourth in the East with a 26-11-5 record and 57 points.
Boston is only two points back of the Montreal Canadiens for top spot in the Northeast Division.