According to WEEI's DJ Bean, Boston Bruins' forward Nathan Horton has been dealing with a left shoulder subluxation, or a dislocated shoulder, this postseason. According to Bean, the injury originally happened with Horton fought Jarome Iginla on April 20.
This is the reason Horton left Game 1 on Wednesday night, according to Bean.
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 Hjalmarson 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 is also likely to require surgery in the offseason to keep the shoulder in place.
Horton is second in the NHL with 18 points in the playoffs, made all the more impressive by this news. It's still unknown whether Horton will be able to play in Game 2 Saturday but he did practice with the team today.
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