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Blue Jackets’ Matt Calvert suspended after breaking his stick over Penguins player’s neck

The forward faces a one-game suspension.

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Columbus Blue Jackets at Pittsburgh Penguins Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Columbus Blue Jackets had one heck of a season, but the Pittsburgh Penguins are putting them out to pasture through the first two games of their first-round series.

A lackluster Game 1 gave way to another lackluster Game 2 loss for the Blue Jackets on Friday, and the frustration apparently got too much for Matt Calvert to handle. As the game ended, the Blue Jackets forward chased down Penguins forward Tom Kuhnhackl and delivered a pretty dirty play.

You have to imagine the NHL Department of Player Safety will take a look at this, since it was a truly dangerous play. Whether it was retaliation for an earlier play or not doesn’t matter. Calvert got two minutes for cross-checking, which seems light. Even our Blue Jackets blog is condemning it.

The Blue Jackets return home on Sunday for Game 3, down 2-0 in the series. It’s highly doubtful Calvert joins them.

UPDATE: The Department of Player Safety gave Calvert a hearing and suspended him for one game.