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.