Matt Calvert needs 30 stitches, returns to score winning goal for Blue Jackets


Columbus Blue Jackets forward Matt Calvert had quite a Friday night against the New York Rangers.

It started a bad note when he had to leave the game after he was hit in the face by a slap shot that left behind a pool of blood on the Columbus ice.

But after getting stitched back up — according to him after the game it was more than 30 stitches — and passing a concussion test as part of the NHL’s concussion protocol, he was eventually able to return to the game and score what proved to be the game-winning goal.

The goal was a shorthanded tally midway through the third period and came just minutes after the Rangers had erased a two-goal deficit.

Here is a look at the goal.

After the game Calvert was, well … looking like this.

In other news…

Hey! Don’t look now but the Columbus Blue Jackets are starting to play some pretty decent hockey and are now off to the best start (9-4-2) in franchise history through 15 games.

Entering their game on Friday against the New York Rangers they were 6-1-1 over their previous eight games, including wins over Montreal (10-0!), Dallas, St. Louis (8-4!), Washington, and Anaheim. By beating the Rangers on Friday they added another win over another one of the NHL’s top teams to that list.

It also snapped what had been a three-game winning streak for the Rangers.