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Horton won’t play tonight vs. Dallas, but already scored the opening goal

Apr 9, 2014, 12:57 PM EDT

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After getting hurt in last night’s 4-3 OT win over Phoenix, Columbus forward Nathan Horton didn’t travel to Dallas for tonight’s game against the Stars.

Which makes for a pretty unique story.

Tonight’s game is a makeup for the postponed Mar. 10 contest between the Jackets and Stars — called off following Rich Peverley‘s collapse due to a cardiac event — and the game will start 1-0 in Columbus’ favor…thanks to the goal Horton scored early in the first period.

So, in short, Horton scored in a game he didn’t play.

More on the details, from the Dallas Morning News:

[Horton] will be credited with a goal at the 0:00 mark of the make-up game. In addition, Matt Calvert and James Wisniewski get assists. All other statistics will be expunged. [Tim] Thomas will not be charged with a goal against, and there will be no record of minutes played or shots on goal.

The Jackets need just two more points to clinch the second-ever playoff berth in franchise history, and can get those points tonight — but it won’t be easy without Horton. He returned from a four-game absence on Tuesday and made an immediate impact, playing on the top line with Boone Jenner and Ryan Johansen while assisting on Jenner’s game-opening tally.

  1. govtminion - Apr 9, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    The league made the right call on how to handle this all arond- kudos on that- but I do like the idea of Bettman reading this and realizing how hilariously silly this ends up looking. Again, it’s the right call, but it sure is a funny one.

    • chicagobtech - Apr 9, 2014 at 2:42 PM

      If you think that’s funny, read this:

      Whoever is in the Dallas net tonight goes on a tear. Stops every single puck tonight. Records a save percentage of 1.000. Still won’t be a shutout.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 9, 2014 at 2:50 PM

        Indeed, and we also have the possibility, if the Jackets get a shutout, for Horton to have scored the winning goal from hundreds of miles away, before the game “started”.

      • shortsxit34 - Apr 9, 2014 at 11:40 PM

        I actually wonder how they would have handled that.

        Those 0-0 games kill me. Since there are no more ties, a goalie can have a Save% of 1.000, GAA of 0.00, and record a shutout.

  2. nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 9, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    Like every other person with an ounce of compassion, I share the hopes for Rich Peverley’s complete recovery. What I still do not understand is how the men in the original game found his having what amounted to a brief fainting spell (from which he quickly was well enough to ask about returning to the ice) so much more emotionally devastating than seeing the myriad gruesome injuries we’ve all seen. Personally, I find necks being sliced open by skates, or Sid Crosby’s mouth being torn apart by a puck a ton more unsettling.

    • chicagobtech - Apr 9, 2014 at 3:31 PM

      You can see the trauma from a skate slicing somebody open, or from taking a puck to the face. You can’t see the trauma from what happened to Peverly’s heart, only the outcome. Fear of the unknown is often worse than fear of the known, often more unsettling.

  3. xdj511 - Apr 9, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    This makes less and less sense the more I think about it. How do they figure letting Horton keeping his goal and his teammates their assists, but wipe clean the goal from the stats of the goalie that gave it up?

    Also, it’s bizarre to keep stats from a suspended game yet restart the game at 20.00 of the first period.

    I think they should’ve treated the suspended game like they treat a rainout in baseball. Sorry, Nathan, your first inning homer got washed out by a huge rainstorm that arrived in the third inning. Better luck tomorrow night!

  4. bigbadbruins77 - Apr 9, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    glad the league did the right thing on this one, and my boy Pevs is okay!

    now does anyone know how it will work for fantasy sports (yahoo) for stats?

    for example I had Tim thomas in net, and that one goal horty scored gave me a 11.00 GAA for the night. Are they going to retro it and give me a 1.00 GAA if he doesn’t allow another goal?


  5. muckleflugga - Apr 9, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    in scoresheets goals are shown to be scored at second marks

    the question i have relates to timing mechanisms and how time is recorded when goals are scored … is there rounding error that advances or retreats recording time when goals are scored in the moment

    if a goal is scored at a point less than one half of a second into a following second, does time recorded for the goal default to the previous demarcation of a full second or does it advance to the following demarcation of a full second

    if time a goal is recorded as having been scored defaults to the following demarcation of a full second does it do so after one tenth of a second into the following second

    this while understanding the rules mandate clocks breakdown time into tenths of a second during the last minutes of a period, and tenths of a second are likely used for all goals

    in the first instance a goal can be recorded as having been scored at the 0:00 mark of the first period if it crosses the goal line before one half second into a game has expired if rounding to the closest second is used …

    in the second a goal can be recorded as having been scored at the 0:00 mark of the first period if it crosses the goal line before one tenth of a second into a game has expired

    so is horton’s record safe …?

    in the first instance and assuming the puck is dropped at the centre of the dot and time rolls on first contact it has to travel 89.17 feet to cross the goal line … the puck would have to travel 89.17 / .500 or 178 feet per second or 122 miles per hour

    in the second instance the puck would have to travel 89.17 / .01 or 8090 feet per second or 6080 miles per hour

    if a player caught the puck sweet with a full bore slap shot and hit the goal but not the goalie, it is possible to tie horton’s record in the least, providing rounding occurs as described in the first instance and providing we can talk

    bobby hull into coming out of retirement

    • rabidbillsfan - Apr 9, 2014 at 6:45 PM

      I’d love to knock you on how stupid that sounds, but that would be coming from a guy who did the math to figure out how many “days” a dog experiences in one human day. “Bully man, Bully!”

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