Matt Calvert returns after 36 stitches to score GWG vs. Rangers

Matt Calvert left a decent amount of blood on the ice. Did it end his night? Heck, no. He’s a hockey player. He was just getting started.

Calvert, a forward for the surging Columbus Blue Jackets, was temporarily forced from Friday night’s game after catching a slap shot off the stick of Rangers defenseman Nick Holden in the second period.

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Matt Calvert can be seen in the third period with a huge bandage wrapped around his forehead.

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After a trip to the locker room to get 36 stitches to close the ugly gash on his forehead, Calvert returned to the game in the third period and tallied the short-handed, game winner.

“I think when something like this happens emotions just kind of take over,” Calvert said after the Blue Jackets’ 4-2 win over the Rangers. “You’re riding on adrenaline. I made a shot and it was great to see it hit the back of the net.”

The win over the Blueshirts gave ex-Rangers coach John Tortorella’s club a franchise-record seventh straight home win.

“You can’t script it any better that he comes back and scores the winner for us,” Sam Gagner said. “That’s just an unbelievable teammate and it gives every guy on the bench a huge shot when he comes back.”

Thanks to Calvert’s buddy Josh Anderson, we have a good post-game pic of the nasty wound that snakes up starting just above his right eye.

“A huge shoutout to my linemate @mattcalvert11 for taking 36 stitches and returning to the game in the third period #GWG #warrior,” Anderson wrote on Twitter.

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