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Nathan Horton injured in Game 1 loss

Nathan Horton, right, celebrated with David Krejci after  assisting on Milan Lucic's first period goal.

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Nathan Horton, right, celebrated with David Krejci after assisting on Milan Lucic's first period goal.

CHICAGO -- Nathan suffered a game-ending injury during a Bruins power play in the first overtime of Wednesday’s Game 1 loss to the Blackhawks.

Horton was hurt while pushing Niklas Hjalmarsson on a seemingly harmless play. After the shove, Horton pulled up, bent over, and started toward the bench.

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Horton, doubled over in pain, skated to the bench. He retreated to the dressing room and never returned. Seguin took over most of Horton’s shifts on the first line.

His injury came after the Bruins had a glittering chance to win. Chicago was called for too many men at 12:08. On the power play, Corey Crawford stuffed David Krejci. Horton was on the doorstep for the rebound, but couldn’t elevate his shot over Crawford.

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Horton (zero shots, 22:28 of ice time) missed the last five regular-season games because of an upper-body injury suffered in a fight with Jarome Iginla.

Coach Claude Julien didn’t have any information on Horton after the loss.

“There’s nothing to say because our doctors haven’t finalized the evaluation properly,” Julien said.

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Horton had an assist on Milan Lucic’s first-period goal. But Horton was stripped prior to Brandon Saad’s goal in the second period. Horton had the puck along the wall in the defensive zone. Marian Hossa picked Horton’s pocket from behind to trigger the attack the other way. Hossa set up Saad, who beat Rask at 3:08 of the second to make it a 2-1 game.

If Horton is unable to play in Game 2, Jordan Caron could draw into the lineup.

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