Boston Bruins right-winger Nathan Horton will play in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup final.
"I think I'm in. I'm ready to go," Horton said after taking part in Saturday's morning skate at United Center. He did rushes with linemates Milan Lucic and David Krejci.
Horton left Game 1 against the Chicago Blackhawks with an upper-body injury.
He was considered "day-to-day" by coach Claude Julien, but said he was feeling good and had no doubt he would play.
Horton has seven goals and 11 assists in these playoffs.
"It's great. [Horton]'s a big part of this team and really missed him in the overtime after he went down,'' David Krejci said. "So it's good to see him back on the ice.''
Krejci and Horton each had an assist when Lucic beat Corey Crawford for the first goal of the series in the first period. Krejci set up Lucic in the second, and he fired it into the net for his fifth goal of the playoffs.
Krejci leads the NHL with nine goals and 14 assists in the postseason. Horton has seven goals and 11 assists in the playoffs, and Lucic also has 11 assists.
"I just think we're going out there and having fun and we're moving the puck well,'' Lucic said. "We're shooting it when we get those opportunities. We're skating well. We're doing good things on the forecheck and the offensive zone, and also we've been able to play pretty sound defensively. That is kind of the transition into our success for our line.''
The 27-year-old Krejci is the engine behind that success. The gifted center has a deft touch and a knack for creating opportunities for his teammates. He has at least 23 assists in each of the last five years, including a career-high 51 for the 2008-09 season.
Krejci also is a proven playoff performer. He had 12 goals and 11 assists during the 2011 title run. His considerable skill is a major reason why Julien isn't concerned about who plays alongside him in Game 2.
"He's a pretty smart player,'' Julien said. "He just wants players to move and he finds them. I don't think it's a big challenge for David. I don't think it's a big challenge for whoever plays with him. All you got to do is the right thing: get open and he'll find you.''
When it comes to defending Boston's top line, Chicago wants to improve in a couple of different areas. A missed check by Hjalmarsson played a role in the first goal in the series opener, and Lucic was open again for his second score.
"We can be a little better,'' defenceman Duncan Keith said. "Obviously, they scored a couple goals off the rush there. The first one was kind of off a forecheck off the rush. But I think just being aware when those guys are out there, having good back pressure, and trying to keep the puck in their zone as much as we can when they're on the ice helps, too.''
Many of the line's rushes led to action in front of Crawford, who finished with 51 saves. He also is planning on making his own adjustments for Game 2.
"They're a tough line to stop,'' Crawford said. "They're big. They're strong and they go to the net hard, but they make plays. Our guys, you know, just try to keep them on the outside as much as possible. For me, just be patient. Don't commit to anything too early, because they do find the open guy.''