Columbus Blue Jackets forward Matt Calvert will have a hearing Saturday for his cross-check on Pittsburgh Penguins forward Tom Kuhnhackl in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series, the NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced.
Calvert broke his stick on Kuhnhackl with the cross-check and then with Kuhnhackl doubled over, Calvert went back at the German winger and knocked him to the ice. This all occurred in the final minute of the game, a 4-1 Penguins victory over the Blue Jackets on Friday.
With the win, Pittsburgh took a 2-0 series advantage.
“The referees are going to do their job,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. “We’re going to do ours.”
Early on Saturday it was reported that Calvert’s aggression could just merit a fine.
Losing Calvert, a lower line energy player with some offensive upside who scored 10 goals in 65 games this season, should hurt the Blue Jackets as they try to get back into this series. Calvert also averaged 1:41 of penalty kill ice-time per-game during the regular season. This ranked second on the team amongst forwards behind Brandon Dubinsky. Game 3 between the two teams is Sunday in Columbus.
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