Milan Lucic remembers it as if it were yesterday.
Boston got Nathan Horton in a trade with Florida three years ago, and Bruins coach Claude Julien put the forward on a line with David Krejci and Lucic.
"It kind of just clicked right away," Lucic said.
Yeah, no kidding.
The high-scoring line combined for Boston's first two goals in a 4-3 triple-overtime loss to the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals Wednesday night. It was the continuation of a terrific postseason for the three veterans, who also helped the Bruins win the title two years ago.
Horton, who was sidelined for the last part of the 2011 postseason by a concussion, left the series opener against Chicago with an unspecified upper body injury, but he practiced Friday and appears to be on track to play in Game 2 on Saturday night.
"We'll have to make a decision on him tomorrow," Julien said.
If Horton is unable to play, Tyler Seguin likely would move up to the top line.
Awards: Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews won the Frank J. Selke award, given to the NHL's best defensive forward. Patrice Bergeron of the Bruins and Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings were the other finalists.
Other winners were Ottawa's Paul MacLean for the Jack Adams Award (coach of the year); Pittsburgh's Ray Shero for general manager of the year; Tampa Bay forward Martin St. Louis for the Lady Byng (gentlemanly play); Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson for the Mark Messier Leadership Award; Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg for the NHL Foundation Player Award for community service; and Minnesota's Josh Harding for Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy (perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey).
Sharks: John Tortora, the team's new top business executive, said there is no interest in replacing HP Pavilion despite it being the sixth oldest building in the NHL. Tortora did say the Sharks plan to begin talks with the city of San Jose over the next two years about improvements that can be made to their 20-year-old arena.
Coyotes: A person familiar with the negotiations says a "framework" is in place for a lease agreement that would keep the NHL's Phoenix Coyotes in Arizona.
But while the person characterized the developments as positive, the Glendale City Council still must study the proposal and vote on it. The next council meeting is set for June 25, and the NHL Board of Governors meets two days later.
Staff writer David Pollak contributed to this report.
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SATURDAY: Game 2, Boston at Chicago, 5 p.m. NBCSN