Sestito tallies assist for Penguins in return from NHL suspension

Published Mar 18, 2017 at 4:10pm

PITTSBURGH — Rome native Tom Sestito picked up an assist on Carter Rowney’s first career NHL goal during the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 6-4 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Friday night.

It was Sestito’s first game back after serving a four-game suspension imposed by the NHL.

Sestito was suspended for illegal boarding against Winnipeg’s Toby Enstrom on March 9.

Sestito was fined $12,776.76 for the hit, which resulted in a concussion and other injuries for Enstrom.

Friday was also Sestito’s 151st NHL career game. He saw 2 minutes, 7 seconds of ice time. In 10 games this season with the Penguins, Sestito has picked up two assists and 44 penalty minutes.

The Penguins were missing center Evgeni Malkin, who sat out against New Jersey with an upper-body injury.

Malkin was fifth in the league in scoring with 72 points heading into Friday’s game.

The Penguins moved within a point of first-place Washington in the Metropolitan Division with the win.

Pittsburgh hosts Florida on Sunday.