CHICAGO — Nathan Horton is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury, according to Bruins coach Claude Julien. The right wing suffered the injury during a power play in the first overtime of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final Wednesday night, which the Bruins wound up losing to the Blackhawks, 4-3, in triple OT.
Horton was hurt while pushing Chicago defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson. Horton stopped playing, doubled over, and skated to the bench. He retreated to the dressing room and didn’t return.
Horton had suffered an upper-body injury during a fight with Pittsburgh’s Jarome Iginla April 20 and missed the last five regular-season games.
If Horton can’t play in Game 2 Saturday night, Jordan Caron would be the most likely candidate to enter the Boston lineup. Caron is one of three available forwards, along with Jay Pandolfo and Carl Soderberg. Caron is a right wing who can battle along the walls and jam in front of the net when he’s playing well.
Tyler Seguin projects to replace Horton on the first line alongside Milan Lucic and David Krejci. Seguin took most of those shifts in Game 1 after Horton departed and showed some jump.
Seguin nearly set up Kaspars Daugavins for the winner in triple overtime, and he also assisted on Patrice Bergeron’s third-period power-play goal.
“He skated. He had some chances,” Julien said. “He’s got speed up there with them. He’s got skill. For him, it’s an opportunity right now. He did a great job. We’ll see where everybody stands here by Saturday.”