“We’ve got a lot of guys here that could step in and hopefully kind of emulate what he does,” Blackhawks forward Dylan Strome said. “He’s a guy who’s a 200-foot player and hits a lot of bodies and finds a way to get some chances and create some momentum for us. He’s an important player. We have a lot of depth here, so hopefully it doesn’t take too much wind out of our sails.”
Caggiula skated 11:25 and won one of two faceoffs in Game 1 against his former team. In 40 games during the regular season, the 26-year-old had nine goals and six assists for 15 points.
“He’s a great player for us,” Strome said. “He works hard every single shift. He lays the body. He gets it done at both ends of the rink. I think he does whatever it takes. He’s a great playoff player and a great guy to have on your team.”
Caggiula is eligible to return for Game 3 Wednesday.
“I think it’s also kind of established a standard for how they’re going to deal with those types of hits,” Colliton said of the suspension. “As the series goes on, as the other series go on, I’m sure it’s going to get a little more physical. Now, we know.”
The league was not expected to hold a hearing for any other actions from games Saturday, including Calgary’s Matthew Tkachuk injuring Winnipeg’s Mark Scheifele during Game 1 of Jets-Flames. Jets coach Paul Maurice said he’s convinced Tkachuk intentionally directed a skate blade at Scheifele’s left leg to cause injury.