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Video: Canucks, Sestito unravel on Wednesday

Jan 16, 2014, 2:21 AM EDT

The Vancouver Canucks didn’t put up a metaphorical fight in losing to the Anaheim Ducks 9-1 on Wednesday; Joacim Eriksson was probably right in describing the team as “not awake.” For better or worse, Tom Sestito seemed “alert,” though.

One game after racking up an ejection (including 27 penalty minutes) in one second of ice time, he was up to similar antics against the Ducks. He generated 22 penalty minutes in a comparatively robust 8:35 of ice time, thanks in large part to this incident with Tim Jackman and Mathieu Perreault in the third period, which earned him another ejection and another instigator penalty:

It wasn’t his only fight against Jackman tonight, either:

In 45 games this season, Sestito has 152 penalty minutes, easily the highest amount in the league. The 26-year-old’s total towers over Antoine Roussel‘s 109 in second place.

The Canucks have been crowing about standing up for themselves lately and John Tortorella stood up for Sestito (and against the instigator) earlier on Wednesday. Here’s part of that quote, which seems especially interesting just hours later:

“We get caught in that, but if Tommy Sestito did that again, I would applaud him …” Tortorella said.

Instead, he provided no explanation to reporters after tonight’s shellacking, as the Vancouver Province reports.

  1. ihtfp13 - Jan 16, 2014 at 2:28 AM

    VanCity must be busting with pride. Nothing quite as sad as faux toughness. Just doing what Torts demands.

  2. ron05342 - Jan 16, 2014 at 3:07 AM

    If they were claiming a moral victory in that 1-0 loss to the Kings on Monday, they must be orgasmic after getting pilloried in tonight’s embarrassment. :)

    • nightfireop - Jan 16, 2014 at 10:03 AM

      compliments of california hockey :D

      • sabatimus - Jan 16, 2014 at 10:37 AM

        California hockey (particularly southern California hockey) ought to be a contradiction in terms given the weather year-round.

  3. gambloduck - Jan 16, 2014 at 3:53 AM

    Picking on Sami Vatanen ? Really ? Hansen just got himself a bad name . Sestito is embarrassing .Ducks did nothing to instigate this . NHL should impose some fines on this meltdown.

    • elvispocomo - Jan 16, 2014 at 12:00 PM

      In fairness to Hansen, it’s a scrum and Vatanen grabs him from behind. Hansen doesn’t know if he’s going to get punched and Vatanen (right or wrong, intentional or not) keeps grabbing him as they pull away, more than just to separate him from the pile. Hansen’s frustrated as well at that point and throws a few punches then stops when he realizes Vatanen’s not throwing back (and maybe that it’s actually Vatanen as well). No way he know before that who it is or that it’s not going to be a fight.

    • hosewater2 - Jan 16, 2014 at 12:16 PM

      Hansen and Vatanen are in the same class, both were willing. At least Vatanen didn’t turtle like Jordan Nolan.

  4. rushledger - Jan 16, 2014 at 5:29 AM

    All 7 Canadian teams have serious problems in their own way. Lesser on the Montreal side for once but all 4 west teams especially are having issues and have just been trending down.

  5. ironyisadeadscene - Jan 16, 2014 at 7:29 AM

    Unravel? no no no….that was the Canucks sticking up for each other again. It’s far more important than scoring goals and winning. That’s another two points in the “moral victory” column…..just two points out of the moral playoffs

  6. stratomaticfan - Jan 16, 2014 at 7:38 AM

    And Shawn Thornton got 15 games…….SMH at the Dept of Discipline.

    • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Jan 16, 2014 at 1:28 PM

      So what?

  7. stevemackenzie58 - Jan 16, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    All Sestito wanted was a standing ovation from his coach. Torts must be ecstatic. I wonder if he tries for the “goon hat-trick” tonight in Phoenix. 3 ejections in 3 games. Tort’s head will explode with pride.

  8. jkay1818 - Jan 16, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Sestito is such a clown, i dont think he has ever won a fight, i remember him getting put to sleep when he was on the jackets, and i saw him a lot when he played for the flyers. He must have engaged in at least 10 fights vs rivals within in the division and got destroyed everytime.

    When the rangers blew out the canucks a few mos back i remember a 170 pound derek dorsett beating him as well. This guy is useless, they can call up a goon from the AHL who is probably a better skater and would compete more in fights. How does a guy this big lose so much?

    • kingcobraman - Jan 16, 2014 at 12:44 PM

      he may not win em all but he shows up ,his teammates love him and has become a fan favorite… clown I don’t think so… tell face to face and I bet he wont lose that one….hahahaha…

      • nj666 - Jan 16, 2014 at 12:49 PM

        I’d call him a clown all day, the hits might hurt but the payoff would be worth it…

      • jkay1818 - Jan 16, 2014 at 1:24 PM

        yes, he’s a clown. Brad Richards said it best to him when he was on the flyers on a 24/7 episode. when he was yapping as usual, richards told him to sit down, said this was fantasy camp for him. He can’t fight and he can’t skate, good things going on with him over there.

      • shortsxit34 - Jan 16, 2014 at 5:02 PM

        I’m assuming Sestito would jump jkay and start throwing punches while he doesn’t attempt to defend himself

  9. sabatimus - Jan 16, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    Consecutive ejections? I assume no suspension, right?

    US Marshall’s agent: Care to revise your statement, sir?
    Torts: What?
    Tommy Lee Jones: Do you wanna change your BS story, sir?

  10. tdaveniii - Jan 16, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    Brilliant. Sestito’s antics have contributed to two consecutive losses now, the latter by blowout. Eventually, Torts will pay for this goonery with his job.

  11. canada2014gold - Jan 16, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    Tough to watch, w the 7 minute 5 on 3 it was brutal. The canucks management needs to make up their mind. Either you trade bo horvat and your first for Kane or you start turning some of the veterans into youth and draft picks. Their too old to be half pregnant. At a time like this it would be nice to have a real gm.

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