The Washington Times - April 8, 2012, 02:30PM

While the Washington Capitals are healthy everywhere but in goal going into the playoffs, the Boston Bruins are still getting there. But that doesn’t include Nathan Horton.

If the concussion Bruins forward appears at all against the Caps, it won’t be unless the series goes long, and even that’s not likely.


“Certainly If he were to be cleared at some point, he’d need at least a couple weeks to get back,” Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said of Horton. “He’s quite far off right now. I know he’s skating. He’s had little bouts here and there of post concussion symptoms. …

“I’m not going to rule him out yet, but I think it’s a long shot.”

Horton hasn’t played since Jan. 22, so Boston is used to life without him.

They’re used to life relying on Tim Thomas in goal, too, especially since Tuukka Rask suffered a lower abdominal/groin injury in early March. Rask will very likely not open the playoffs as the backup; instead that will be prospect Anton Khudobin.

“I think Tuukka is maybe a little bit more than day-to-day. He’s been pretty aggressive with his rehab and the six weeks might be bang on it,” Chiarelli said. “We’ll see how he goes the next couple of days. But we certainly have a capable backup if we need him in Khudobin.”

Marty Turco, signed to back up Thomas went Rask went down, is not eligible to even dress in the playoffs. He won’t practice with the team and will go home later in the week, Chiarelli said.

Day-to-day is how the GM characterized defensemen Adam McQuaid (eye laceration) and Johnny Boychuck (knee sprain).