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

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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.