Was one game enough for Calvert’s cross-check?

Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Matt Calvert (11) reacts after cross checking Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Tom Kuhnhackl (34) during the third period in game two of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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:


Here’s is a sampling of reaction on Twitter to the cross-check:


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.

The Cannon’s Eric Seeds agrees with Stumbaugh:

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?

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