Bruins’ Horton had shoulder separation before concussion

Horton/By S. Bradley

BOSTON — The Bruins lost only a handful of man-games to injury during their run to the 2011 Stanley Cup championship.

That was as much a credit to the shape the players were in as it was to their ability to play through injury.

Today Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli didn’t have a complete medical report on his club, but he did reveal that veteran forward Nathan Horton had suffered a severe shoulder separation in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final against Tampa Bay. Horton went on to score the game-winner that night.

Horton continued to battle through  until he suffered a concussion in Game 3 of the Cup Final against Vancouver.

“I haven’t had the full report,” said Chiarelli, who was still basking in the glow of his first title. “I have a sense of what the medical report will be just from talking to doctors on a daily basis. We have our guys, I think we’ll only have one, maybe two, surgeries and we’ll get that out there when I get all the information.

“But we’ve had our guys dinged up, and all teams do. Like Vancouver did and Tampa did and Philly did. Montreal did. I think what I can say about the injury front is we were fortunate from that perspective.”

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