It’s hard to argue that the Blue Jacket’s Matt Calvert didn’t take a cheap shot on the Penguins’ Tom Kuhnhackl in the final minute of Game 2 of their playoff series Friday.
Whether his one-game suspension was long enough, well, that’s up for debate: And you can do just that by downloading our app on iOS at apple.co/1ITwL4w or on Android at bit.ly/fandings. You also can play online at playfandings.com.
Down 4-1 with second left, Calbert seemingly took out his frustration by cross-checking Kuhnhackl near center ice, breaking his stick on the winger’s back. Here is the incident:
Here is Kuhnhackl’s post-game reaction:
Tom Kuhnhackl on the cross-check he took from Matt Calvert pic.twitter.com/lgt6NaNFjL
— Jonathan Bombulie (@BombulieTrib) April 15, 2017
Here’s is a sampling of reaction on Twitter to the cross-check:
— Kevin Chamberlain (@Keverman34) April 15, 2017
If Matt Calvert plays another game this year, then I don't know what the hell we're doing anymore. https://t.co/vK5Ynw9u7T
— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) April 15, 2017
If the NHL won't punish players like Calvert, why shouldn't Matt Martin take a run at Backstrom? Or Tom Wilson take a run at Marner?
— Draglikepull (@draglikepull) April 15, 2017
I hate the Penguins with a burning passion and if Matt Calvert isn't suspended, I will be furious. What a joke. Not apart of the game #NHL
— Kevin Christian (@Kev_Christian) April 15, 2017
@NHLPlayerSafety Regardless of time & score, Premeditated stick attack by Matt Calvert on Tom Kuhnhackl must be ruled Match by Refs-Not 2!
— Kerry Fraser (@kfraserthecall) April 15, 2017
Until further notice, John Tortorella has forfeited the right to complain about "dirty hits" …
Because his team employs Matt Calvert.
— David Henry (@imau2fan) April 15, 2017
Matt Calvert is a gigantic child
— coconut mike (@MikeDarnay) April 15, 2017
PensBurgh’s Hooks Orpik doesn’t understand why this is even up for debate:
It’s an amazing mindset that the obvious issue that you have one player (losing a 4-1 game in the dying moments) attacks another with a cross-check from behind out of no where, and for no reason, and then follows up by slamming him afterwards. It shouldn’t be an issue about whether sticks break easily, or matter that Kuhnhackl (who practiced today as normal) escaped an injury. The issue is not condoning that type of action, no matter the result.
The Hockey Writers’ Julia Stumbaugh says Calbert deserved to be suspended:
This was a hit unrelated to hockey; it was a sheer outburst of frustration in the form of violence. It’s not good for anyone in the league to allow that kind of pointless violence to exist unpunished. It doesn’t add anything to the game. It’s a dangerous precedent to set if the league allows players to make hits like this and still be allowed to show up and play the next game.
Under absolutely no circumstances is that play legal, to be celebrated, or anything other than condemned. It was a filthy act of violence that we can only hope the team is truly better than. … One can only hope that the league does the right thing and suspends Calvert for multiple games. This type of play cannot go unpunished.
What do you think? Was Calbert’s one-game suspension the right penalty?