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NHL playoffs: Red Wings’ Abdelkader facing suspension for vicious hit

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By Allan Muir

No matter what happens in Monday’s Game 4 against the Ducks, the Red Wings know they’ll be flying to Anaheim for Game 5.

What they don’t know is if Justin Abdelkader will be headed to SoCal with them.

After his vicious hit on Anaheim defender Toni Lydman late in the second period of Saturday’s 4-0 win by the Ducks, Abdelkader is about to become the third player to receive a suspension during this postseason

Not a lot of grey area with this jaw-droppingly stupid play. Abdelkader charges in from a distance of about 30 feet, leaps into the air prior to contact, and slams his shoulder directly into Lydman’s head. It’s so clear cut, it’s almost like he was trying out for a part in the next “Don’t Do What Donny Don’t Does” video.

Lydman left the game for evaluation and did not return, so an injury could play into the deliberations of the NHL’s Department of Player Safety.

Abdelkader was given a five-minute major that ended up being the turning point of the game. Nick Bonino scored on the ensuing power play to break a scoreless tie and set the Ducks off on their romp.

With no way of accurately reading the Department of Player Safety, there’s no telling what sort of supplemental discipline Abdelkader could face. Two games? Three? More? It’s all on the table…which means he could be out for more than just a single trip to Anaheim.

  • Published On May 05, 2013
  • 6 comments
    MattRantz
    MattRantz

    Allan Muir this is clearly a " Jaw dropping stupid"  comment on your part.  I can't believe what I just read. Never have I seen a more misleading story in my sports loving life.I am glad everyone else on here roasted you aswell so I don't have to!!!

    Thom1
    Thom1

    Are you drunk?  Vicious hit?  Leaps into the air?  Are you writing this from the golf course whilst looking for the real killer with OJ?  So obvious, the ref that saw the entire play did not call a penalty?  You would make a great white house press secretary. 

    likedoohan
    likedoohan

    And yet 2 referees, one standing  5 feet away, didn't think it was a penalty until they watched the replay after Lydman didn't pop right up. This "jaw-dropping stupid play" was not going to even be a penalty until the refs saw Lydman on the ice. Muir obviously is more qualified than the on-ice officials.

    Jim333
    Jim333

    I totally disagree with your assessment of Abdelkader's hit . . . yes, he skated in from about 30 feet before the hit, but he was clearly gliding/coasting (i.e. not striding) for about the last 15 feet before the hit . . Abdelkader did not "leap into the air prior to contact" (nice dramatic flair on your part), both players left their feet upon/after contact . . the ref 5 feet from the hit did not call any penalty, in fact no penalty was called until the refs talked (something you failed to even mention) and certainly took into account that Lydman was injured when eventually making the call that they did (a hit is either legal or not legal regardless of injury to the receiving player)

    KurtSteiner
    KurtSteiner

    The neanderthal crowd sleeping in?    

     

    "They used to hit guys in the head like this on every shift, and they liked it!!!!"

    ScottLevasseur
    ScottLevasseur

    "Abdelkader charges in from a distance of about 30 feet".  Are you joking?  Watch the video again, the last 10 feet before contact he slows down, stops sliding and glides.  Terrible call, not a charge.