, Gloucester, MA

June 14, 2013

Crunch Time

Gloucester Daily Times

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Bruins forward Nathan Horton is listed as day-to-day with a shoulder injury suffered in overtime during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Wednesday.

Bruins coach Claude Julien said he is hoping Horton will be back for Game 2 on Saturday, but no definitive timetable was laid out.

“Keeping our fingers crossed,” Julien said. “Hopefully he’ll be back next game.”

Horton was injured during a minor collision with Blackhawks defenseman Nick Hjalmarsson in the midst of a Bruins power play in the first overtime period. He did not return to action and the Bruins were visibly worse in his absence.

Boston has overcome several key injuries on the blue line this postseason, but missing Horton for an extended period of time may be too much to overcome against the Blackhawks, especially with Horton and linemates David Krejci and Milan Lucic being the only line producing consistent offense.

Mutual interest

According to a report by ESPN the Los Angeles Clippers are interested in Doc Rivers to fill their vacant head coaching position and there is mutual interest from the Celtics coach.

The news comes just a day after a report that Rivers may not want to come back to coach the Celtics in 2013-2014.

Rivers has coached the Celtics for nine seasons, winning a title in 2008 and coaching them to the NBA Finals in 2010, where they lost to the Lakers in seven games.

Pushed back

Clay Buchholz was scheduled to start on Sunday but his next start has been pushed back to Tuesday at the earliest with a neck injury. Jon Lester will start Sunday in the series finale against the Orioles. Red Sox manager John Farrell also stated that Buchholz will not return to the rotation until he is symptom free.

Buchholz left his last start with neck stiffness.

-Compiled by Nick Curcuru