Posts Tagged ‘Justin Abdelkader’
By Adrian Dater
Anaheim’s Francois Beauchemin had a tremendous season for the Anaheim Ducks. He was in the discussion among Norris Trophy voters, anchoring the defense for a team that finished second overall in the seriously tough Western Conference.
But in Beachemin’s native French-Canadian tongue, he was the chevre of Sunday’s Game 7 between his Ducks and the Detroit Red Wings. That means goat. It’s true, he was credited with a lucky late power-play goal that accounted for the final score, but the damage from an earlier incident on the power play had already been done.
Beauchemin tried to get fancy during a game in which keep-it-safe fundamental play was the bylaw, and for that he will be shown on every hockey highlight show around the globe for the next day.
Beauchemin’s spin-o-rama blind backhand pass was intercepted and converted into a short-handed goal by Detroit’s Justin Abdelkader with 3:23 left in the first period, which broke a 1-1 tie, killed all of Anaheim’s building momentum and ultimately resulted in a 3-2 loss at the Honda Center.
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.