Vancouver Canucks left winger Tom Sestito was scratched for Monday night’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes.
The scratch was a bit of a surprise considering Sestito hadn’t miss a game all season and has been playing some of his best hockey in the last few games.
One would assume Sestito, who is better known of his fists, sat out because his services as an enforcer wouldn’t be needed against the Hurricanes—a team that doesn’t exactly play a rough and physical game.
Head coach John Tortorella says Sestito actually sat out with an injury and was not a healthy scratch.
Sestito has an injury, says Torts.
— Vancouver Canucks (@VanCanucks) December 10, 2013
Tortorella did not go into specifics about Sestito’s injury, opting to call it a “body” injury.
Torts wouldn’t go into detail, but Tom Sestito didn’t play Monday because he has a “body” injury. #canucks
— Ben Kuzma (@benkuzma) December 10, 2013
Oh man, Torts used “body injury” on Sestito’s ailment. He’s an AV fan, apparently.
— Omar (@omarcanuck) December 10, 2013
Sestito has two goals, 77 penalty minutes, and a minus-7 rating in 32 games this season.
He and New York Rangers forward Derek Dorsett lead the league in fighting majors with nine.