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Abdelkader suspended for hit on Ducks' Toni Lydman

7:50 PM, May 5, 2013   |    comments
Justin Abdelkader #8 of the Detroit Red Wings led off the ice by linesmen Shane Hayer after getting a 5 minute major and 10 minute misconduct penalty for his hit on Toni Lydman #32 of the Anaheim Ducks during Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals at Joe Louis Arena on May 4, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)
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New York, NY (Sports Network) - The National Hockey League issued a two-game suspension to Detroit Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader on Sunday.

Abdelkader was given a major for charging and a game misconduct, after leaving his feet to deliver a hit to the head of Ducks defenseman Toni Lydman late in the second period of Saturday's 4-0 Anaheim victory in Game 3 of a Western Conference quarterfinal.

Lydman left the game and did not return.

"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," noted Brendan Shanahan, NHL director of player safety in a video explanation of the punishment.

The 26-year-old winger, who has never incurred any previous supplemental discipline, will miss Monday's Game 4 in Detroit and Wednesday's Game 5 back in Anaheim.

Detroit trails the best-of-seven series two games to one.


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