February 10, 2012

Horton suffers setback in recovery from concussion

By Jesse Connolly

With the Tim Thomas Facebook fiasco reaching new heights, Tuukka Rask allegedly unhappy with his playing time and the team in the midst of a stretch in which they’ve won just two of their last six games, the last thing the Bruins need right now is bad news.

Unfortunately, that’s exactly what coach Claude Julien delivered Friday following his team’s practice at TD Garden.

Boston’s bench boss, who admitted to growing tiresome of providing daily updates on the status of Nathan Horton, said the concussed winger suffered a recent setback.

“He’s been pulled back,” said Julien. “He’s got some symptoms, so we’ve pulled him back. It’s hard for me to come out every day with a step forward, step backward. He’s back to Square 1. We’re giving him some time here. Those symptoms, once he got on the ice, came back.”

At the time of the injury on Jan. 22, Horton was initially diagnosed with a mild concussion stemming from a high hit from Flyers forward Tom Sestito. Nearly three weeks later -- a stretch that included six games and the All-Star break – the lack of an imminent return to the lineup is undoubtedly troublesome for both No. 18 and the Black and Gold.