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Posted On Saturday, 09.17.2011 / 2:10 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Super Saturday

Bruins Camp: No problems for Horton

BOSTON -- It's one thing to work out on your own or skate in games of shinny with your teammates to test whether you're fully recovered.

It's a whole other thing to go through NHL-caliber fitness testing and then an actual two-hour practice.

Nathan Horton, who has claimed for weeks that he's fully recovered from last season's year-ending concussion, said he's come through the early part of training camp with no problems.

"I wasn't worried at all. I just feel like it's in the past," he said after the Bruins' morning session on their first day of training camp at TD Garden. "I hadn't even thought about it. And when I do [stuff] on the ice or do fitness training, it doesn't even cross my mind. I just try to do as well as I can and there's no headaches or anything like that."

At one point Horton took a spill and took out teammate Matt Bartkowski. While it wasn't on purpose, it can only help Horton get a little contact out of the way.

"I fell myself so it was nice. It just feels good to be back," he said.
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Posted On Saturday, 09.17.2011 / 1:19 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Super Saturday

Bruins Camp: Thornton enjoys day with 'skilled guys'

BOSTON -- One of the keys early in the Bruins' Game 7 win in the Stanley Cup Final at Vancouver was the relentless play of their fourth line.

The trio of Daniel Paille and Shawn Thornton centered by Gregory Campbell was ferocious on the forecheck and barely allowed the Canucks to possess the puck, let alone move it out of their own end.

So what was the deal with Paille and Campbell skating with rookie Jamie Arniel and Thornton skating with draft pick Alexander Khokhlachev and rookie Calle Ridderwall during the Bruins' first on-ice training camp practice at TD Garden today?

"Yeah, there's a coup," explained the always-witty Thornton. "They went into Claude's office yesterday and he wouldn't tell me that, but I'm pretty sure put that onto him. No, they wanted to put me with more skilled guys, so I went with the young Russian kid because they felt that might game suited his better."

Thornton, who lives in Boston year round, started skating in informal practices with his teammates a couple weeks ago. So getting onto the Garden ice with his colleagues for something sanctioned by the team under the watchful eye of the coaches was a step up in importance and intensity.

"It felt good. It wasn't ridiculously tough," he said. "It was good to get our legs back underneath us and there's a little bit of rust for everybody, I'm sure. There's lots of time to get ready."
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Posted On Saturday, 09.17.2011 / 10:51 AM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Super Saturday

Bruins Camp: Bruins' Horton returns to the ice

BOSTON -- When the defending Stanley Cup champions stepped onto the ice at TD Garden for their first practice of 2011-12 today, a crowd of close to 1,000 people greeted them with rowdy cheers.

Practices today and tomorrow are open and free to the public.

Although the group that took the ice at the stroke of 10 this morning was only half of Boston's training camp roster, no one was disappointed. By far the biggest cheers were for goaltender Tim Thomas, whose Vezina, Conn Smythe, Stanley Cup wins of a season ago have put him in a position to achieve that type of reaction pretty much anywhere he goes in New England.

Among those in the first group of skaters was Nathan Horton, who was on the ice in an official capacity for the first time since Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final. Horton is symptom-free after the concussion he suffered that night in June. After the team's physicals and conditioning tests Friday, head coach Claude Julien confirmed the star forward had the green light for full practices.

"As we speak right now, everything seems as though it's a go," Julien said. There's been no red flags yet, and we don't expect any."
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