Quick back story – During the last matchup between the Pens and Jets on February 16th, a lot of shit happened. Sure, many people remember this as the game where Sidney Crosby recorded his 1,000th career NHL point. The Winnipeg Jets, on the other hand, remember it as the game where Evgeni Malkin tried to take out Blake Wheelers skull with a flying elbow before squandering a 3-2 lead late in the 3rd to eventually lose, 4-3.
Fast forward to today. In anticipation of potential mayhem on ice tonight, the Penguins called up enforcer Tom Sestito this morning from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL. And it didn’t take long for shit to hit the fan in this one. With less than four minutes into the 1st period, Evgeni Malkin and Blake Wheeler dropped the mitts in an effort to diffuse
James Neal’s Geno’s flying elbow from the previous game. It was definitely a dirtbag hit by Geno, but you have to give the guy some credit for answering the bell here. In only his second career fight, he manned up for his actions against a much bigger guy in Wheeler who’s got 30 pounds on him. Stick taps all around.
To much of nobody’s surprise, the theatrics didn’t end there. Literally after the next faceoff, Tom Sestito and Chris Thorburn squared off in an old-fashioned enforcer tango.
I’d typically call this one a draw, but I’ll give the advantage to Thorburn here for his luscious locks.
Then, in just 9:35 later, Tom Sestito (6’5″, 228 lbs) made his way back on the ice for his third shift before absolutely obliterating Tobias Enstrom (5’10”, 180 lbs) into the boards.
Sestito was promptly rewarded with another 5 minute major and a game misconduct for this hit. All in all, not a bad day’s work for Sestito. The guy flew all the way from eastern Pennsylvania to Winnipeg to collect an NHL paycheck while only putting in 1:02 of ice time. I’m sure he’ll have to forfeit some of that money back along with a few games, but one has to admire that kind of efficiency!