DETROIT Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader's season could be over.
The NHL suspended Abdelkader two games for his hit on Anaheim defenseman Toni Lydman during the second period of Saturday's Game 3. Abdelkader received a five-minute charging major and a game misconduct.
In a video explaining the additional punishment, NHL senior vice president of player safety Brendan Shanahan said: "As the video shows, Abdelkader skates a considerable distance and elevates to violently check Lydman, making significant head contact. This is charging. Rule 42, Charging, states in part: Charging shall mean the actions of a player who as a result of distance traveled, shall violently check an opponent in any manner.
"Abdelkader elevates at contact, turning what could have been a hard, full-body check into a high, violent check with significant contact to the head that caused an injury."
The Ducks won the game 4-0 and hold a 2-1 lead in the series.
Lydman was at Joe Louis Arena Sunday but didn't ...