PITTSBURGH -- Quick hits from Wednesday’s morning skates here at Consol Energy Center:
Soccer for Mojo: Caps left wing Marcus Johansson (upper body injury) did not participate in the Capitals’ optional morning skate but he was seen playing soccer in the hallway with forward T.J. Oshie and defenseman Matt Niskanen.
Johansson left Game 3 after taking an open-ice check from Penguins defenseman Kris Letang, but returned to the game and saw 18:20 of ice time while recording nine hits.
Letang’s take: Letang said he “respects” the NHL’s decision to suspend him for tonight’s Game 4 for his hit on Johansson.
“The game is fast and I respect their decision and I have no other choice,” Letang said. “I tried to step on the guy. There’s no malicious intention there.”
The Penguins went 2-8-1 without Letang in the lineup this season.
“It’s going to be tough (to watch),” he said. “We’ve been battling through (injuries) all year long. We missed Geno (Evgeni Malkin) for a long stretch. Guys were banged up all year long. Guys stepped up and guys will rise to the occasion.”
Sestito in?: With Bryan Rust sidelined with a lower body injury, the Penguins the Penguins recalled 6-foot-5, 228-pound left wing Tom Sestito, who told reporters he has been told to be ready to play tonight. Sestito had 104 penalty minutes in 41 games for AHL Wilkes-Bare Scranton.
“I just need to finish my hits, play hard, play physical,” Sestito said. “People are going to be hitting everybody. Maybe the hands slip out (for a fight) maybe they don’t. But I’ll be out there dishing them out the same.”