The National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety has announced Pittsburgh Penguins forward Tom Sestito has been suspended for four games without pay for his illegal check from behind on defenceman Toby Enstrom in Wednesday’s 7-4 win over the Winnipeg Jets. The suspension will cost Sestito US$12,778

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The National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety has announced Pittsburgh Penguins forward Tom Sestito has been suspended for four games without pay for his illegal check from behind on defenceman Toby Enstrom in Wednesday’s 7-4 win over the Winnipeg Jets. The suspension will cost Sestito US$12,778

Sestito, who was called up by the Penguins just hours before puck drop, was ejected from the game and issued a five-minute major for the check, as well as a 10-minute misconduct.

The play happened at the 13:10 mark of the first period, with Sestito driving Enstrom, who had just retrieved the puck deep in the Jets end, face-first into the boards. Sestito had already fought Jets enforcer Chris Thorburn earlier in the game, giving him 20 minutes of penalties — compared to one minute, two seconds of ice time — before he was forced to leave the match.

Enstrom headed to the dressing room after the check and didn’t return, meaning the Jets had to play with five defenceman for the better part of the game. Winnipeg head coach Paul Maurice looked visibly upset afterwards, later hinting that Enstrom could be gone for some time.

"Toby is at the hospital right now getting checked for facial fractures," Maurice said in his post-game press conference.

The Jets had the day off Thursday, so an update likely won’t come until they return to the ice for practice today. Winnipeg is already pretty thin on the blue line with Tyler Myers still out with a groin injury. It’s likely that if Enstrom can’t go, veteran Mark Stuart will be in the lineup.

Jeff Hamilton

Jeff Hamilton
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After a slew of injuries playing hockey that included breaks to the wrist, arm, and collar bone; a tear of the medial collateral ligament in both knees; as well as a collapsed lung, Jeff figured it was a good idea to take his interest in sports off the ice and in to the classroom.