Horton, Rask Skate For Bruins Before Practice

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Nathan Horton has been out since Jan. 22, and the prognosis thus far doesn't look good. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Nathan Horton has been out since Jan. 22, and the prognosis thus far doesn’t look good. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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BOSTON (CBS) – The Boston Bruins got a good sign on Wednesday, with injured forward Nathan Horton and goaltender Tuukka Rask both hitting the ice in Wilmington.

Both were on the ice for nearly 40 minutes with the team’s strength and conditioning coach prior to the B’s practice.

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Although it’s unlikely that Horton, who has been out since January 22 after suffering his second concussion in seven months, returns to the team before the playoffs begin, Wednesday is the first time he has skated since suffering a setback in February. Any sign of progress is good when it comes to the injured forward.

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Horton had 17 goals and 15 assists for the Bruins in 46 games this season.

Rask has been hitting the ice since Monday, and recently said he hopes to return in time for the playoffs. The Bruins backup netminder has been out since March 3 with an abdomen and groin strain.

Defenseman Johnny Boychuk, who suffered a leg injury in Tuesday night’s loss to the Penguins, was not present for practice.

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