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Ian Cole gets three games for elbowing Abdelkader

Jan 2, 2012, 8:25 AM EDT

Ian Cole wasn’t as fortunate as other players who escaped Brendan Shanahan’s gaze recently.

Cole received a three game suspension for his elbow to the head of Detroit forward Justin Abdelkader. The hit came halfway through the first period of their game on Saturday night that saw Detroit win 3-0. Cole received two minutes for an illegal check to the head for the hit, Abdelkader was shaken up for a bit and saw treatment, but returned to the game and scored a goal in the second period.

Cole will fork over $21,081.09 worth of salary to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund and wind up on the list of repeat offenders should he ever run afoul of the law again. Take a look at the hit here.

You have to wonder what Cole was thinking here by sticking his elbow out to clip Abdelkader, maybe he had a long standing hate of Michigan State after his years at Notre Dame.

  1. wardmanone - Jan 2, 2012 at 8:42 AM

    Look at video someone is dipping hs shoulder and turns sideways and happens to wear Red Jersey and flops until he know a penalty is called and comes back a ok to play. The player gets two minutes is not a repeat offender and the coach for Red Wings calls it s dirty play. Fast forward and Shannie The Schill gives him three and says he is not repeat offender? Seems Shannie The Schill has been hit the head he is a lapdog to much very uneven and inconsistent disciplinary approach repeat offenders get first time offender gets 3 Coach pops off and Shannie The Schill caves in. The max should have been a fine and not cave into public comments Pure and simple Shannie The Schill is inconsistent in over his head swayed by commentary by others the Crime doesn’t meet the punishment and Shannie The Schill screwed the pooch on this one.

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Jan 2, 2012 at 8:52 AM

      You’re off your damn rocker if you think that didn’t warrant punishment. Or you’re just a dunce.

  2. wardmanone - Jan 2, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    chip off the old block read it again or have your Mom do it for you, yes he deserved punishment but not Three Games. Even the Red Wing player acknowledgement accountability, So next time you respond get the facts straight or do what apparently are good at fire ready aim. Now go back trolling on other posts and continuing make yourself into Smartest Guy in Room.

  3. gw79 - Jan 2, 2012 at 10:39 AM


    Watch the video again Sir, preferably with your eyes open and resubmit your comment….3 games was the perfect call for this hit!

  4. vanfoodman - Jan 2, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Of the 16 suspensions that the NHL has handed out this season, the on ice officials gave 5 players 2 minute minors, while 4 got NOTHING AT ALL! That’s over half of the incidents where the league and the on ice officials are at odds. Something is very wrong with this equation.

    • danphipps01 - Jan 2, 2012 at 5:47 PM

      Nobody in the Grand Ministry of Justice has any idea what they’re doing, Lord Marshal Shanahan least of all. They’re all out to lunch. You’d think halfway into the season they’d have developed some sort of consistency, but apparently that was optimistic of me.

  5. icelovinbrotha215 - Jan 2, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    If Cole was a superstar, would he get 3 games?

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