However you feel about the way the hit on Toby Enstrom played out – many believe the Jets defenseman put himself in a vulnerable position – it’s clear that the Penguins recalled Tom Sestito because they anticipated a physical game on Wednesday.
Now, the maliciousness of such intents? That’s where things get fuzzy and controversial, prompting Jets head coach Paul Maurice to possibly get himself in a little trouble.
Maurice noted that there was “no cost” to the Penguins to call up Sestito, a player who hadn’t appeared in the NHL since November. When asked if he believes that Sestito was recalled to do something, Maurice responded “They didn’t call him up to dangle.”
After that zinger, he went back into dry coach mode when asked if Sestito should be suspended, merely saying that he’s sure the NHL has a “plan” about him.
Maurice noted that Enstrom has been hospitalized out of fear of facial fractures, noting that the Jets lost a “good defenseman” on Wednesday.
Here’s full footage of Maurice’s comments:
The Penguins have bad injury news of their own as Patric Hornqvist is reportedly suffering from a concussion.
For what it’s worth, the Jets weren’t negative toward the Penguins in every regard, as Blake Wheeler said he respected that Evgeni Malkin “answered the bell” for a controversial hit by engaging in their brief fight.