The puck will drop on Wednesday night's Dallas Stars game with the team already losing 1-0.
That unusual circumstance is because the team is making-up its game against the Columbus Blue Jackets from last month that was stopped when Rich Peverley collapsed on the bench in the first period.
The original game was halted at the 6:23 mark in the first period, but Wednesday night's game will be a full 60 minutes. The NHL said it's following a precedent set in 2005 when a similar medical incident caused the stoppage of a Detroit Red Wings and Nashville Predators game.
Columbus had already scored in the original game and a goal will be credited to scorer Nathan Horton at 0:00 mark to start Wednesday night along with two assists. All other stats will be wiped out.
Peverley's season ended after he had a "cardiac event" during the first period of the Stars-Columbus Blue Jackets game on March 10, when he passed out on the bench and had to be resuscitated in the center ice tunnel of the American Airlines Center.
A few days later the team and doctors announced Peverley would undergo the procedure to fix his irregular heartbeat. The procedure was successfully completed, but it's still unknown if Peverley will play hockey again.
The game has importance for the Stars (39-29-11, 89 points) – they have three games left and currently hold a two point lead in the standings for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference over the Phoenix Coyotes (36-28-15, 87 points).
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