Nov 30, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto (4) reaches for the puck between Vancouver Canucks left wing Tom Sestito (29) and center Brad Richardson (15) during the third period at Madison Square Garden. The New York Rangers defeated the Vancouver Canucks by a score of 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Canucks' Tom Sestito Escapes Punishment for Hit on Rangers' Del Zotto

Vancouver Canucks left winger Tom Sestito won’t be suspended or fined for his hit-to-the-head of New York Rangers defenceman Michael Del Zotto.

Del Zotto jumped up into the air to swat the puck away 2:48 into the third period of Saturday’s game. As he dropped back down, he was shoved from behind by Canucks centre Brad Richardson as Sestito finished his check.

“We reviewed the play, and our conclusion was that the little shove from behind by Richardson altered the position of [Del Zotto’s] body and head just prior to contact and changed the dynamic of the hit,” NHL’s director of player safety Brendan Shanahan told the New York Post.

“Also, there was no extension up or out by Sestito targeting the head.”

Sestito is recognized as a repeat offender having been suspended once in 2011 preseason when he was a member of the Philadelphia Flyers for boarding then-Rangers forward Andre Deveaux. Shanahan suspended him for the rest of the preseason and two regular season games.

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