Pittsburgh Penguins AHL call-up and penalty minute accumulator extraordinaire Tom Sestito will have a hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety today, regarding a dangerous hit he threw on 5-foot-10 Winnipeg Jets defenceman Tobias Enstrom (see hit above).
Ten hours before game time, Sestito was called up from Wilkes-Barre by the Penguins and inserted into the lineup. It was expected to be a heated game with the Jets in a follow-up to their last meeting, and in that sense it didn’t disappoint.
Sestito, who sits third in AHL penalty minutes despite just playing 33 games, had a little more than one minute of ice time Wednesday and a grand total of three shifts. On his first shift, Sestito fought Chris Thorburn. He was on for Evgeni Malkin’s goal for his second shift, and on his third he boarded Enstrom, resulting in a five-minute major and game misconduct.
After the game, Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan talked about putting Sestito into the lineup, saying he was there to provide this kind of sandpaper and physicality — even if he did cross the line on Enstrom.
Enstrom was hospitalized because of the play to be checked for facial fractures.