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Video: Canucks’ Sestito ejected in first period after one-second shift

Jan 13, 2014, 11:24 PM EDT

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Vancouver Canucks forward Tom Sestito was ejected just 2:33 into the first period of Monday’s emotionally charged Pacific Division meeting against the L.A. Kings.

Sestito received penalties including an instigator minor, fighting major, 10-minute misconduct and game misconduct for grabbing Kings’ forward Jordan Nolan off a faceoff, dropping the gloves and pummeling away on Nolan, who didn’t react.

Sestito, according to, was credited with one second of ice time. He received 27 minutes in penalties.

He was reacting to to a hit Nolan threw on Canucks’ captain Henrik Sedin in the neutral zone on the shift before.

It’s interesting to note the comments of Canucks’ head coach John Tortorella from November, as he discussed the instigator rule with reporters following a Saturday night game involving the Toronto Maple Leafs.

“I think the players need to police themselves. But when you put that instigator rule in, and you’re using all this supplementary discipline and all this crap that comes after, it needs to be taken care of right on the ice, and I don’t think you’ll have that stuff, the hitting from behind and the cheap stuff,” said Tortorella.

“We’ve taken too much of the game away from the players. The players are the ones that turn it into an honest type game, and we need to give that back to them. We never will, but we should.”

The two teams combined for 53 minutes in penalties in the opening period.

The Canucks were short-handed just nine seconds into the game, when Zack Kassian took down Dustin Brown, who nine days ago ran over Roberto Luongo, causing the Canucks’ goalie to suffer an ankle injury.

Despite being on the penalty kill for more than 10 minutes in the opening period – including time at five-on-three for L.A. – the Canucks outshot the Kings.

  1. bigoldorcafromvan - Jan 13, 2014 at 11:27 PM

    Nolan is a real coward. Takes cheap shot runs and won.t back himself up. To bad it wasn.t Brown that Sesitito was pounding on. Kassian will look after Brown before the nights out.

    • imleftcoast - Jan 13, 2014 at 11:34 PM

      More turtling by Brown. Total embarrassment for King’s fans.

      • charlieconway96 - Jan 13, 2014 at 11:43 PM

        Yeah, I’m actually surprised Nolan didn’t drop the gloves. Time for Teddy to have a come to Jesus talk with his son.
        The real embarrassment was not scoring on about 8 minutes of power play time, some of which was 5 on 3.

    • areaman714 - Jan 14, 2014 at 1:12 AM

      Yep. This, and the Nucks showed that the Kings are wussies and do not have the offense to take advantage of 10 minutes of one and two man advantages. They should be considered a marginal playoff team until they can score more than one goal a game on a consistent basis . . .

      • jl9830 - Jan 14, 2014 at 8:49 AM

        Not a Kings fan by any stretch, but didn’t they win last night?

      • areaman714 - Jan 14, 2014 at 11:58 PM

        I stand by my statement . . . a goal a game isn’t going to strike fear in anyone . . .

    • jl9830 - Jan 14, 2014 at 8:48 AM

      It actually wasn’t a cheap shot. It was a clean hit on Henrik.

      • imleftcoast - Jan 14, 2014 at 1:59 PM

        10 seconds after the puck? No.

    • joey4id - Jan 14, 2014 at 10:05 AM

      Nolan should discipline and brains over Sestito’s brawn. All Sestito had to do to send Nolan and the Kings a message was to throw a body check. Yes sir! The Kings were the smarter of the two teams and came away with 2 pts.

    • joey4id - Jan 14, 2014 at 10:07 AM

      Nolan showed discipline and brains over Sestito’s brawn. All Sestito had to do to send Nolan and the Kings a message was to throw a body check on Nolan. Yes sir! The Kings were the smarter of the two teams and came away with 2 pts.

      Brown is no dummy. Why fight a 2 bit player like Kassian. He out smarted the whole Nucks team by dropping the gloves against the Nucks best player. That’s taking one for the team and he scores the winner on top of that. What a leader.

  2. djshnooks - Jan 13, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    Teddy won’t be happy with Jordan showing not emotion to react.

    Now, put John Scott on the ice!!! Lol.

  3. btlpper68 - Jan 13, 2014 at 11:39 PM

    Wether you like it or not you run at star players you better be ready to fight

    • shaundre93 - Jan 14, 2014 at 1:30 AM

      Is that how you felt when Thornton went after Orpik?

    • joey4id - Jan 14, 2014 at 10:09 AM

      And fight he did. Right! Not a 2 bit player, but he fought the Nucks best player. Great leader! You think captain Sedin can do the same for the Nucks.

  4. btlpper68 - Jan 13, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    Wow Nolan is learning well from brown, cheap dirty can’t back it up. I don’t support fighting to much but please somebody just pound the crap out of brown

    • jl9830 - Jan 14, 2014 at 8:49 AM

      Again, how was that a cheap shot on Henrik?

      • imleftcoast - Jan 14, 2014 at 2:00 PM

        Tried to go knee to knee and 10 seconds after the puck was gone.

  5. canada2014gold - Jan 13, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    Great response from the Canucks. Torts is doing a great job teaching these guys to have each others back.

    • joey4id - Jan 14, 2014 at 10:10 AM

      Hmm! Only problem though is they lost the game. The Kings outsmarted the Nucks and no one did it more than Brown.

  6. imleftcoast - Jan 13, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    King’s will not respond. Cowards.

    • scottybcboy - Jan 14, 2014 at 12:35 AM

      Is that what you said about Sedin when he would not respond to Marchand in 2011? Or was Marchand the dirtiest rat in the league?

      • strictlythedanks - Jan 14, 2014 at 2:12 AM

        # phuckhashtags

    • joey4id - Jan 14, 2014 at 10:12 AM

      Respond to what. Brains over brawn. Two pts in the bank. That’s their response. Last I looked you play the game for the 2 pts.

  7. AppealToReason - Jan 13, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    Geez Nolan, could you be any more of a chode?

    • jl9830 - Jan 14, 2014 at 8:50 AM

      He got his team an 11 minute power play. I’m sure he’s thrilled with how it turned out.

  8. imleftcoast - Jan 13, 2014 at 11:54 PM

    Ref’s so blind the wrong twin is in the box. This is bush.

  9. ducksk - Jan 13, 2014 at 11:55 PM

    God forbid someone go after sedin sistas. Torts belongs in canuckle land. Please keep him.

    • imleftcoast - Jan 14, 2014 at 12:00 AM

      Canucks are ready to fight. Haven’t got a team to go against.

  10. Wineshard - Jan 13, 2014 at 11:56 PM

    The Canucks have officially handed the mantle to the Kings.

    • imleftcoast - Jan 14, 2014 at 12:02 AM

      I’m no Bruins fan, but at least they back it up and fight. Never seen something like the Kings tonight.

      • rdurk86 - Jan 14, 2014 at 11:35 AM

  11. imleftcoast - Jan 14, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    Nolan again not willing to fight.

    • jl9830 - Jan 14, 2014 at 8:51 AM

      Why should he have to fight? It was a normal, clean check on Henrik against the boards. It’s this fighting that has people trying to get all fighting out of the game. Guys shouldn’t have to fight every time they throw legal checks.

  12. Wineshard - Jan 14, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    There also seems to be a fair bit of good acting by the Hollywood Kings. Very flexible necks.

  13. hockeyflow33 - Jan 14, 2014 at 12:13 AM

    Way to man up Nolan, hey, at least you didn’t turtle on the ice.

  14. itswhereyourmindsat - Jan 14, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    Off topic, but time to get rid of mike richards. And demote trevor lewis.

  15. shaundre93 - Jan 14, 2014 at 12:19 AM

    I cant believe the comments im seeing here. After thornton and the bruins get ripped apart for wanting to fight after Eriksson got lit up, it’s hilarious to hear all of you say the canucks did the right thing. You are all thick headed hypocrites. If Nolan gets KO’d on one of those shots everyone would get on here and say Sestito was a criminal. But no, Nolan is a coward and sestito is some man of honor while Thornton’s a criminal and Orpik “had no obligation to fight”. Pick a side. Either it’s ok to go after a guy when he hits your star, or its not. Not to mention that hit by Nolan was nothing, barely touched him. Not like he concussed him and caused him to miss 15 games

    • esracerx46 - Jan 14, 2014 at 12:28 AM

      With you 100%. I hate these fight after a faceoff. This is very similar to the John Scott- Phil Kessel incident. Everyone was chastising Scott, yet no one is giving Sestito crap. I’m tired of players that play a few minutes a night just to fight. I like fighting in hockey, I just wish we had players that served more of a purpose than to just fight. Must be a lot of Canuck fans on here this late.

      A few years ago someone had come over the boards and got injured immediately. This takes the place as shortest shift ever!

      • shaundre93 - Jan 14, 2014 at 12:43 AM

        Im glad someone here gets it! And I completely agree about hired fighters. I love Shawn Thornton but he is borderline at best for where I want the NHL to be. Guys like Lucic and Kassian can take care of the fighting. No more staged fights

    • bigoldorcafromvan - Jan 14, 2014 at 12:28 AM

      hey stupid. Sestito didn.t come up from behind and slewfood the guy down and concuss him with punches to the face with a glove on. Two different scenarios. But I wish we the Canucks had this team against the Bruins in 2011 SC finals, along with the coach.

      • shaundre93 - Jan 14, 2014 at 12:39 AM

        It’s not different. Orpik hits star, seriously injures him. Thornton goes after unwilling Orpik, hurts him. The hockey world goes crazy.

        Nolan tries to hit star, misses. No injury. Sestito goes after unwilling Nolan. Punches him harder and more times than thornton did. No injury, Sestito is a hero. Youre all hypocrites

        Like I said, it’s either OK to go after guys who target your stars or its not. Pick one.

        And I also wish they had that team so that they could try to play tough guy and have it shoved straight up their arse. Anyone can employ fourth line goons. I’ll take Lucic, Horton, Krejci, Chara and Boychuk Vs any starting 5 in the NHL. Not to mention 7 years later Bruins still love their coach. Doubt that’ll happen with Mr Hothead

      • shortsxit34 - Jan 14, 2014 at 2:12 AM

        The fact that Thornton had his gloves on makes the case weaker, not stronger.

        Speaking of slew foots, where is all the outrage about Kesler on Doughty?

      • shortsxit34 - Jan 14, 2014 at 2:18 AM

        The fact that Thornton had his gloves on makes the case weaker, not stronger.

        Speaking of slew foots, where is all the outrage about the play on Doughty?

      • esracerx46 - Jan 14, 2014 at 8:23 AM

        The fact that Thornton had his gloves on is immaterial to the discussion.

      • esracerx46 - Jan 14, 2014 at 8:35 AM

        This is why injury should not be taken into account when suspensions occur. You have idiots like this trying to rationalize incidents like this. I’ll throw another one at you since this incident and the Orpik/Thornton incident are dissimilar.

        What about the Emery Holtby “fight” Emery came head on and started bashing an unwilling combatant. Oh wait those aren’t comparable because Holtby didn’t take a run at a “star”.

        This whole taking a run at a star argument is BS. Strictly as a fan yes a star is more important to a team, but if you take a step back, the less talented are still people. That being said, I saw nothing wrong with what Nolan tried to do. If it was high or overly late I would think differently. How do we know Nolan didn’t try to avoid contact as well? It looks like Sedin avoided the check, but perhaps Nolan pulled up or even tried to avoid him at the last second. What Sestito did is bush league. I hate these staged fights, and it doesn’t matter what Nolan usually does. He didn’t feel what he did warranted a fight. Probably because he missed.

      • imleftcoast - Jan 14, 2014 at 2:14 PM

        The difference is Sesito told Nolan to get ready to fight, and didn’t kick his feet out. Nolan chose not to defend himself. Since Kings fans are now defenders of player safety, please comment on the high elbow to Henrik Sedin in this video.

    • micasa81 - Jan 14, 2014 at 1:46 AM

      Here’s one Canuck fan you’ll get no argument from. Thornton was ridiculous, and so was Sestito tonight. I’m not gonna get into which was worse, because that’s not the point. It’s this tired idea (and Torts is selling it as hard as anyone) of self-policing being this wonderful equalizer that keeps everybody honest. Why does everyone conveniently forget how dirty and chippy the game was back in the glory days of fighting before the instigator rule? I’m not saying the refs are going to deliver satisfactory justice – lots of calls were missed tonight on both sides. I’m also not saying I was fine with the run Nolan took at Henrik. But that doesn’t mean the players get to take matters into their own hands.

      So yeah, I picked a side. Not a popular one with my fellow Canuck fans, I’m sure, but there it is.

      • esracerx46 - Jan 14, 2014 at 10:18 AM

        Good to hear. If there were more fans like you we would all like the Canucks a little more…or despise them less?

    • mp1131211 - Jan 14, 2014 at 2:04 AM

      “You are all thick headed hypocrites.” — or you just don’t get it. Which one is more plausible?

      • shaundre93 - Jan 14, 2014 at 2:44 AM

        Then enlighten me. Why is this OK in your opinion? Next time Hamhuis delivers one of those hipchecks against the Blues will you be OK with Reaves pounding his face in while Hamhuis does nothing to protect himself? Doubt it

    • jl9830 - Jan 14, 2014 at 8:52 AM

      THANK YOU.

  16. Wineshard - Jan 14, 2014 at 12:43 AM

    Ignoring the slew foot and the fact that Orpik was prone on the ice? Oh yeah and the fact that Nolan typically would fight and Orpik doesn’t. Other than that it is exactly the same.

    • shaundre93 - Jan 14, 2014 at 12:50 AM

      So sestito throwing haymakers at a guy while his hands are at his side is OK? What if Nolan got KO’d? And why should it matter what they typically do? It’s not as if it was a bad match up, orpiks got some decent size on thornton. All you are trying to do is rationalize what was the grossest fighting misconduct since the thornton incident. Only difference is that Nolan didn’t get hurt

      • mp1131211 - Jan 14, 2014 at 2:07 AM

        And that he didn’t attack him from behind and that Nolan willingly chose to let Sestito throw them without defending himself. Its nothing like the orpik/thornton scenario. not at all.

      • shortsxit34 - Jan 14, 2014 at 2:30 AM

        mp1131211 – Did you really just argue that it’s okay to jump a guy (as long as it’s from the front), and then repeatedly throw haymakers (as long as the guy doesn’t try to defend himself?)

    • mp1131211 - Jan 14, 2014 at 2:05 AM


  17. thatsdoinit - Jan 14, 2014 at 12:47 AM

    Two slew foots from Dale Weasel tonight. Or is the plural of that slew feet?

  18. Wineshard - Jan 14, 2014 at 12:52 AM

    Sorry are you referring to the Quick Fosbury Flop?

  19. Wineshard - Jan 14, 2014 at 12:57 AM

    Or perhaps before one of the many Hollywood Kings bobblehead episodes? Like I said, the mantle has been passed to the Kings. Sharks are probably a close second.

  20. Wineshard - Jan 14, 2014 at 1:02 AM

    Ok so let’s see if Sestito gets 15 games buddy. Care to bet? Actually I will spot you 12-15 games on that. What kind of medicinal marijuana are you smoking?

    • shaundre93 - Jan 14, 2014 at 1:27 AM

      Its not about the discipline. It’s the principle of it. If you think that’s ok then don’t get upset when Ryan Reaves starts throwing haymakers at hamhuis because of the hit on Lapierre. The only reason Thornton got suspended was because Orpik got hurt. No injury, no suspension. I imagine that will be the case here. And to answer your question, its all home grown ;]

      • mp1131211 - Jan 14, 2014 at 2:08 AM

        Oh, ok. So you are stoned. Makes sense…

      • shaundre93 - Jan 14, 2014 at 2:39 AM

        You would take that out of my comment. Cant wait to hear your opinion when someone takes liberties with one of your precious canucks

  21. Wineshard - Jan 14, 2014 at 1:07 AM

    Great game. Too bad the Canucks couldn’t pull it out, but a team building game nonetheless.

  22. hawkeedawg - Jan 14, 2014 at 1:37 AM

    Hmmm; where you hiding Blomfeld?

    “You can’t handle the truth”!! that is why you are hiding and cringing at your computer. And please no Elvis quips with your lame come back.

    • Al's Wingman - Jan 14, 2014 at 2:00 AM

      Blomfeld’s mom sent him to bed early for urinating in his jammies while watching the game.

      • rocoop - Jan 14, 2014 at 9:26 PM

        Blomfeld doesn’t waste time commenting on Vancouver losses to LA….0-4 this year..LOL

  23. canada2014gold - Jan 14, 2014 at 1:57 AM

    Nolan is just embarrassing, keep him kings fans. Your team couldn’t answer the against a team that really isn’t that strong or tough. Quick should get a oscar for the flop,

  24. sjsharks66 - Jan 14, 2014 at 7:14 AM

    That was pretty nice to see. Nolan is a punk just like their rat captain.

  25. Wineshard - Jan 14, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    Does weight-class mean anything? Orpik clearly out of Holtby’s weight-class. As was Orpik. Thornton knows it too. You can look up one of his previous quotes on this exact topic as forming part of the code. That is why Thornton knows what he did was so wrong.

    Nolan and Sestito had already fought twice before in their careers. There was no reason for Sestito to believe Nolan would turn into tampon this time. If you hit a star and are semi-respectable layer then be prepared to answer the bell.

    You bleeding hearts shouldn’t watch hockey if you get your panties in a knot over stuff the like this. Actually YOU are what is wrong with the game-left-wing reporters dictating what is right and wrong.

  26. Wineshard - Jan 14, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    That is hockey – you take a run (difference between just finishing a check and taking a run) at a star be prepared to the answer the bell. Henrik gets hit more than any star in the NHL. However that was more than a simple body check. Everyone could tell. You don’t like it? Go watch soccer. If you don’t know the answer to your own “why” question then you just don’t get it and it is a waste of time communicating with you.

    That loss has done more to galvanize the Canucks than a meek win like the Kings got. (Insert battle versus war verbiage here)

  27. canada2014gold - Jan 14, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    Finally, thank you. The kings turtled and that’s what made my night. By the way could the canucks be any better at penalty killing?

  28. Wineshard - Jan 14, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    The outsmarted line would carry more weight if the Kings actually would have scored on the power play. Nice try with the hallow point.

    Anyway, I am glad the Canucks took out their tampon and played like men. Not biatches like the Kings did. This loss will go a long way to building a real team for them. Kings lost respect from the hockey world for that pathetic display.

  29. interiorfan - Jan 14, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    The Kings won because they got a lucky bounce. The Canucks outplayed and outmuscled them all night long. Most of the night the Kings looked lost, pouting and diving all over the ice. I’m guessing they were completely blindsided by The Canucks physical play. They may have come away with the 2points but I think the Canucks came away with something much more valuable despite the loss. Sometimes the game isn’t just about who won or lost. I’m very happy to be a Canucks fan this morning.

  30. sixchr - Jan 14, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    The hypocrisy of the reaction between the Thornton incident and this incident is an absolute joke.

    • gallyhatch - Jan 14, 2014 at 1:01 PM

      Nevermind all the Canucks fans who are suddenly supporters of a team that fights and hits hard.

      What a difference a few years can make, huh?

  31. jtowme - Jan 14, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    I can’t believe now players have to “pay” for a hit they missed. I think the players that can’t take a solid hit and keep playing are the wimps. I can see dropping the gloves and paying the price for a cheap hit but the players today are too touchy. Back in the day, a solid hit would be met with a solid hit. Fans and players today whine even when they see a hip check. It’s getting ridiculous.

  32. canada2014gold - Jan 14, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    Kings fans just know nothing about hockey, brown is a dirty player and Nolan was just pathetic. He acted like a scared little boy, I loved watching sestito pound on him. Kings lost a lot of respect around the league for this one. They got outplayed and outmuscled. As for the sedins, where was Kopitar when Hendrik was in his face? Your team played half the game on the power play and if it weren’t for one bounce you prob would have lost. Nice dive by quick by the way, it’s no surprise that’s the way the kings play. They play dirty hockey and brown’s antics are what we are trying to get out of the game. You guys comparing thorn tons suspension to sestito’s pounding of Nolan give your head a shake. He was controlled and he held back from knocking him out just to send a message. Love how there were more canucks fans there than kings fans.

  33. comeonnowguys - Jan 14, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    I’m actually on the Canuck side of Canucks/Kings, but there seems to be a lot of short memories from Canuck fans when it comes to not fighting after shenanigans.

  34. tdaveniii - Jan 14, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    Sharks fan here, so no dog in this fight — I despise both teams equally and think both have more than their fair share of floppers and cheap shot artists (and I recognize the Sharks have their fair share of the former and we can debate about the latter).

    In any event, I see one guy attack another. This would be criminal assault in any other place outside the rink.

    Brilliant upon the part of Nolan to restrain himself and get his team a 7 minute power play. That’s 7 minutes where, at worst, the Canucks have zero chance of scoring. Any decent power play on the part of L.A. and they get at least 1 goal. What if L.A. scores 3 goals during that power play, essentially winning the game on account of this attack? Would “sending a message” have accomplished anything short of defeat?

    Lastly, Torts needs to be disciplined for this. Clearly, he sent Sestito out to start a fight. Ultimately, of course, this sort of decisionmaking translates into losses, so he will eventually pay with his job.

  35. itswhereyourmindsat - Jan 14, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    kings win. canucks blow. get over it

  36. canada2014gold - Jan 14, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    Yeah except the canucks had more chances than the kings on that power play.

  37. canada2014gold - Jan 14, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    Only a kings fan would say what Nolan did was “brilliant”. Yeah a late hit throwing out your knee than turtle and get pounded on is brilliant. Did It do any good? No they did nothing on the PP and got out chanced two to one by canucks.

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