Thursday, March 9, 2017

Sestito Steals the Show

First we must set the stage.

This happened the last time the Penguins met the Jets. It was a game with several controversial plays. We will get back to the video in a bit.

Yesterday's game (March 9 2017), Penguins vs Jets, was almost everything you could ask for in a game. For starters, two back to back fights. Malkin and Wheeler had some unfinished business to attend to. Needless to say they took care of it right away. About 16:26 left in the first period, in fact.

Then, on the next play, Tom Sestito fights Chris Thorburn. Both get five minute majors for fighting.

Then, this happens...

This hit is dangerous. First of all, since Tobias  Enstrom  has possession of the puck, he is clearly eligible to be checked. At the end, when Sestito hits him,  he appears to turn away, and is hit similar from behind to the above video of Dustin Byfuglien hitting Justin Schultz from behind. The main difference is that Schultz's head hits the glass. So its doubtful that the league will review this play, however, IF they do, Sestito's reputation is the issue. Byfuglien's hit did not even have a penalty, let alone a hearing.

Sestito was on the ice for three shifts for a total of 1 minute 2 seconds time on ice,  5-minute fighting major, 5-minute major checking, 10-minute game misconduct. So yeah, 62 seconds = 20 penalty minutes, and ejected. 

In the middle of all this, Malkin gets a Gordie Howe hat trick. The first of his career. Nick Bonino gets a hat trick. It is the second of his career. The first was on 02/02/2013 against the LA Kings.

After the hit, Enstrom left the game and did not return.  In fact, he was at the hospital afterwards for possible facial fracture. For better or worse, Sestito taking him out was the turning point in the game. Jet's defense suffered the rest of the game, with the end result being a 7-4 route.

After the game, coach Mike Sullivan said, "He has the ability to create some anxiety."

And in closing....
"I thought maybe it was for goal-scoring that they wanted me up here." - Sestito said, yesterday morning.

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