Horton out with mild concussion

WASHINGTON -- Boston Bruins forward Nathan Horton did not participate in the team’s morning skate on Tuesday because he’s still feeling the effects of a mild concussion he suffered during Sunday’s game in Philadelphia.

Horton will not be in the lineup Tuesday against the Washington Capitals, and with the annual mid-winter break coming up due to All-Star festivities, the time off comes at a good time.

“He’s doing as good as he can for a guy with a mild concussion,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien. “He didn’t skate today and he’s still suffering from mild headaches. He’s day-to-day and hopefully by the end of this five-day break, hopefully we’ll have the news we want to hear.”

Early in the second period of Sunday’s shootout victory over Philadelphia, Flyers forward Tom Sestito came in with a high hit on Horton. Horton stayed in the game for the rest of the period but sat out the third.

Horton suffered a severe concussion in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals last spring and missed the rest of the series. He also struggled at the beginning of this season and admitted that effects of the concussion may have been partly to blame.