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Nathan Horton leaves with lower-body injury, likely to ‘make’ history Wednesday

Apr 8, 2014, 9:11 PM EST

Nathan Horton is probably more interested in helping the Columbus Blue Jackets make the playoffs than he is making some obscure NHL history, yet it appears that he’s in a position to become the answer to an odd sports trivia question.

Horton, 28, re-aggravated a lower-body injury in the Blue Jackets’ big game against the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday and won’t return. The potentially history-making part is that this issue may force Horton to miss Wednesday’s contest against the Dallas Stars – the contest that was rescheduled because of Rich Peverley‘s health issues – which means he would “score a goal” in a game that he didn’t even suit up for.

The Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline explains this situation as well:

Granted, Horton may very well play on Wednesday, but some might hope that he doesn’t so this odd little stat would be preserved.

  1. imleftcoast - Apr 8, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    If they are going to pick up the makeup game from where they left off, why would the goal be registered as 0:00 of the first period?

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 8, 2014 at 10:00 PM

      To clarify: the game is starting over, with 60 minutes to play. HOWEVER they will include the goal scored in the aborted game and the score will be 1-0 to start play.

      • c9castine - Apr 9, 2014 at 12:58 AM

        thats weird.

      • titansbro - Apr 9, 2014 at 10:57 AM

        yeah i don’t like that. then they should start the game where it left off as well.

  2. rushledger - Apr 8, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    Mind blown.

  3. wjarvis - Apr 8, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    This makes no sense to me, why are they playing 60 min? If they are keeping the goal, they should keep all the stats and start the game at with 14 min left in the first (or wherever it was at before Peverley collapsed).

    • charlieconway96 - Apr 8, 2014 at 10:40 PM

      Anyone want to clarify why they are starting with a full 60 minutes? It makes sense that Horton’s goal would count but I’m having trouble understanding why they wouldn’t just restart the game from the point where it stopped.

      Any momentum either team had at that point in the game is obviously void at this point so shouldn’t Columbus at least have the lead as they did when the game was called?

      • valoisvipers - Apr 8, 2014 at 11:35 PM

        For the fans, who wants to go see a shortened game. People are repaying for their parking and concession stand foods. They deserve a full 60.

      • stakex - Apr 8, 2014 at 11:49 PM

        There have only been a couple times in NHL history when a game was stopped and postponed after play had started. The first time was in 2005 when Jiri Fischer’s heart had stopped in a game between the Red Wings and Predators, and the situation was handled the same…. the makeup game was played in full and the Preds were allowed to keep their 1-0 lead.

        There are a few reasons they don’t just start where the game left off. One major consideration is the fans. If you are going to bring fans out to the game, you want to present them a full game… not two halves. I mean what if there was only 15 minutes left? You can’t go through all the effort needed to play an NHL game, and fill the arena with fans, and book TV time for 15 minutes of game time. Then there are the oddities that arise from starting a game where it left off. What if there was only five minutes left in the period? You’re going to have the players come out, play five minutes, and then have an intermission? That would just be odd.

        Oh, and don’t forget that the arena owners don’t want the arena booked for 15 minutes of game play. It cost a lot of money and effort to have an event take place, and they want a full night of drinking and eating to take place.

        At the end of the day if you have to come back and finished the game at another time, its best for everyone to just play the game from the start. Of course you can’t take away the goals that had already been scored, so you just start the game with the previous score.

      • wjarvis - Apr 9, 2014 at 3:05 PM

        All of your what if scenarios don’t apply to this game. The fans would get to see 90% of a game, and I’m guessing the fans who were at the postponed game have first dibs on tickets for the make up game, so they’d see a complete game.

        I think if there was only 5 minutes left in a game, it’d be even more strange to play a complete game. I think the Zednik injury game puts a little precedence that they will try to finish the game if it’s closer to being completed. That injury happened with 10 minutes left in the game, and for the fans I think was more traumatic with all the blood on the ice. After a 20 minute intermission and resurfacing they finished the game.

        As you say there have only a been a few times that a game is suspended, so really anything they do is a little odd. Personally, I don’t think it’s any less odd to play a shortened period than it is to start the first period with a goal already scored.

    • charlieconway96 - Apr 9, 2014 at 5:20 PM

      True, the whole thing is a bit odd no matter how you look at it.

  4. muckleflugga - Apr 8, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    anything’s possible though not always probable … in the three and possibly four dimensions perceivable to the human mind

    were you to get on a plane from hong kong to seattle, you would arrive in seattle anywhere between two and four hours before you took off, dependant on jet streams

    [ avoid kuala lumpur and the roaring forties ]

    there are some weird things in astrophysics

    in the 1973 belmont stakes, secretariat broke the mile and one half record record while winning by thirty one lengths … he ran negative splits in every quarter mile, meaning each successive quarter mile was faster than the preceeding

    were he a tireless machine running an endless race, secretariat would have eventually reached a point where the cumulative negative splits would have brought back his running time to less than time needed to complete the original mile and one half distance

    he would in theory be racing in a race he hadn’t started … presumably getting to a point where he had not yet been born depending on time accumulating inversely through negative splits and the length of the race in the moment measured

    of course this is the issue in prolonged space travel …

    space ships with neutron driven engines continually accelerate to the point where they might pass the date of their construction back on earth, barring an inadvertent tangling with the starship enterprise of course

    traffic is traffic

    were secretariat and a neutron driven engine to run in a circle returning to earth, it might be possible for them arrive back on earth before they left … depending on distance traveled they might arrive home when dinosaurs ruled the earth

    or when mick jagger was still in the london school of economics, whichever came first

    • shannysux - Apr 9, 2014 at 1:07 AM

      yeah, and wherever you go, there you are

      • charlieconway96 - Apr 9, 2014 at 4:44 AM

        Comrade Blomfield, Is that you? Transmission is hazy.

  5. c9castine - Apr 9, 2014 at 1:05 AM

    that is quite the conglomeration of misfit ideas principles and theories.

  6. sheckyrimshot - Apr 9, 2014 at 5:08 AM

    man i feel bad for horton. he really has a knack for getting injured at the most inopportune times.

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