Blue Jackets’ Calvert suspended one game for hit on Kuhnhackl

NEW YORK (AP) — Columbus Blue Jackets forward Matt Calvert has been suspended for one game for his cross-check to Pittsburgh’s Tom Kuhnhackl late in the third period of a Game 2 loss to the Penguins.

Calvert will miss Game 3 on Sunday.

The NHL Department of Players Safety scheduled a hearing with Calvert on Saturday. He received a minor penalty for cross-checking on Friday when he chased down Kuhnhackl away from the play and hit the Penguins forward in the head with his stick, which broke in the process.

The NHL said the action counts as “message-sending.”

This is Calvert’s first suspension.

The penalty came with 35 seconds left in a 4-1 loss that dropped the Blue Jackets into a 2-0 hole in the best-of-seven series.

Kuhnhackl practiced on Saturday.

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