Blue Jackets’ Horton Becomes First Player with Goal in Game He Didn’t Play

April 10th, 2014 by Bleacher Report Milestones Leave a reply »
Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Nathan Horton will go down as the answer to a unique bit of trivia following Wednesday's 3-1 victory over the Dallas Stars, as he became the first player in stats recorded since 1989-90 to score a goal in a game that he didn't play in, per

Horton initially scored his goal in the first period of a Mar. 10 match between the two teams, but the game was postponed about four minutes later, when Stars forward Rich Peverley collapsed on the bench following a cardiac emergency. The two teams later rescheduled the game for Wednesday, agreeing to a new 60-minute match, but with the Blue Jackets opening with a 1-0 lead they attained through Horton's goal.

However, since the game happened a month ago, the two teams weren't beholden to the same lineups they used Mar. 10. As a result, Horton was able to sit out Wednesday, having aggravated a lower-body injury a night earlier in a game against the Phoenix Coyotes. His goal officially went down as occurring at the 0:00 mark of the first period in Wednesday's win.

While Horton's goal represents the only known instance in NHL history in which a player was credited wit ...

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