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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 practice with his team because of a migraine and sore neck.
"Toni has headaches," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. "Hes got a stiff neck and bright lights are bugging him, so I dont know when thats not going to be there.
Wings general manager Ken Holland responded to the suspension Sunday evening.
"We felt it was a hockey play, a real hard hit where the initial point of contact was shoulder to shoulder," Holland said. "We disagree with the decision but we respect the decision."
Holland said either Todd Bertuzzi or Jordin Tootoo would take Abdeklader's spot in the lineup but the line combinations would be up to coach Mike Babcock.
"Abby's an important guy on our team, played with Pav (Pavel Datsyuk) and Z (Henrik Zetterberg)," Holland said. "It (his replacement) is a hard decision to make in 20 minutes. We'll make the decision at the rink (Monday)."
At Sunday afternoon's optional practice at Joe Louis Arena, both Babcock and Zetterberg said they did not think the hit was suspension-worthy.
Abdelkader has one goal in three playoff games.
"Hes one of the forwards that uses his speed, gets in on the forecheck and gets in there and bangs for us," Wings goalie Jimmy Howard said before he knew of the suspension. "Hes not afraid to go to the dirty areas in front of the net and create havoc, so it would definitely be a loss for us."
With the Wings down 2-1 in the series, if the Ducks win the next two games, Abdelkader won't play again until next season.
Game 4 is Monday night at the Joe.
Watch the below video to hear the NHL's explanation:
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Detroit's Justin Abdelkader has been suspended two games for Saturday's hit on Anaheim's Toni Lydman.
The suspension means Abdelkader must miss Games 4 and 5 of the first-round playoff series between the Red Wings and Ducks. Anaheim leads the series 2-1.
Abdelkader appeared to catch Lydman in the side of the head with his left shoulder, and he was given a major penalty...
Justin Abdelkader will be lost for the Red Wings for Games 4 and 5 after a devastating hit he left on Anaheim’s Toni Lydman in the second period of Game 3 Saturday night.
After the game, Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock didn’t think any suspension was in order for Abdelkader suggesting it was a shoulder to shoulder hit with no contact being made to the head.
“To me, I watched...
Justin Abdelkader’s controversial hit turned Game 3 — and possibly the series — of the Detroit-Anaheim playoff series in the Ducks’ favor. The two teams were locked in a close-checking 0-0 tie late in the second period when Abdelkader delivered a punishing shot on Anaheim defender Toni Lydman, which knocked Lydman from the game with a possible head injury. Abdelkader was...
Okay, so Justin Abdelkader's hit on Toni Lydman resulted in a predictable probable concussion and, as is customary in Wings-Ducks series, a 2-game suspension (and quite the meandering from one Mitch Albom, which was a good read, honestly), as well as a healthy discussion of the art of hitting in the Shanaban-era NHL.
After Sunday's worth of continued defense of the hit...
The NHL suspended, Detroit Red Wing player, Justin Abdelkader for two games because of his illegal hit on Toni Lydman of the Mighty Ducks. Lydman is suffering from migraines and neck stiffness and is listed as doubtful for tonight’s game.
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Justin Abdelkader missed the final period-plus of the Detroit Red Wings’ Game 3 loss to Anaheim after being ejected. He’ll now sit out Games 4 and 5, as well.
NHL dean of discipline Brendan Shanahan announced the punishment for Abdelkader’s hit on the Ducks’ Toni Lydman following a phone hearing Sunday. Shanahan explained his decision:
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Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader was given a 5-minute major and ejected for this hit on Anaheim Ducks defenseman Toni Lydman, who left the game and will not return:
You will see what you will see, and the video will support your opinion. We are all subjective here, and in my opinion, it was a clean hit in intent that ended up very ugly--and was penalized properly.
from Brendan Savage of Mlive,
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