The make-up game between the Dallas Stars and Columbus Blue Jackets Wednesday night will be played a full 60 minutes and will carry over Nathan Horton's goal from last month.
The NHL is going ahead with its odd plan after a March 10 game between the two clubs was suspended after forward Rich Peverley collapsed on the Stars bench because of a heart ailment at 6:23 of the first period.
Peverley had to be revived by a defibrillator at the rink and was immediately taken to hospital. He was treated and released the next day before having ablation surgery a week later.
The 31-year-old native of Guelph, Ont., is out for the season.
The game will begin in Dallas with the Blue Jackets leading 1-0 and Horton being credited with a goal at the 0:00 mark. Matt Calvert and James Wisniewski will keep their assists but all other offensive and defensive statistics will be expunged.
The league is following the precedent set during the 2005-06 season when Detroit Red Wings defenceman Jiri Fischer collapsed during a game against the Nashville Predators at the 12:30 mark of the first period on Nov. 21. The Predators were leading the game 1-0.
A full 60-minute game on Jan. 23, 2006, was played, with the Predators winning 3-2.
"It's what they did before, so I think it was an easy decision to do the same thing again," Stars general manager Jim Nill, who was with the Wings at the time of Fischer's incident, told the Dallas News. "There was a lot of thinking that went into it, and it seems like the right way to resolve the situation."
Some interesting roster decisions have to be made as Horton may not suit up due to a lower-body injury, while Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen may start the game after he was out of the lineup last month battling a concussion.