I understand the reason, but I would certainly hope it has no bearing at all in length of suspension.
Disclaimer: Playing devil's advocate here.
Gilles cares whether Clutterbuck's hit was clean/questionable or not...
That's why he's there... to "protect" young players (DiBenedetto - 22y/o - second game)
...and the incidents are mere moments apart.
They are tied together. Clutterbuck delivers a hit Gilles sees as questionable. He delivers his retaliation/protection.
He's just doing it wrong.
I'd prefer the response to be a nice clean body check that hurts, but I'd also accept him taking an instigator penatly and lay a beat down on the guy. To do what he did though, is just stupid and exactly what the league is trying to get rid of.
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