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Detroit’s Abdelkader leaves post-game comments to teammates

May 4, 2013, 10:58 PM EDT

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If you were hoping for a substantial statement from Justin Abdelkader following his ejection from Game 3 of the Anaheim Ducks-Detroit Red Wings on Saturday, you’re out of luck. Yahoo’s Nick Costonika reports that the 26-year-old left Joe Louis Arena before taking questions.

Instead, his Red Wings teammates were left to share their thoughts, especially since the OC Register’s Eric Stephens reports that the Ducks are remaining silent about that controversial check.

George Malik of Kukla’s Korner passes along some reactions, including Mike Babcock describing it as a clean but “hard check” to the team Web site. The real zinger comes from defenseman Kyle Quincey‘s discussion on 97.1 The Ticket (transcribed by Malik):

“The chance of hitting a guy and not being suspended is so low these days,” Quincey said.

(The 27-year-old defenseman almost seems wistful, doesn’t he?)

While observers such as Red Wings blog Winging it in Motown call for a reaction from Abdelkader, hearing his teammates’ and coach’s thoughts has been enlightening … even when the answers are minimal.

Fox Sports Detroit’s Dana Wakiji reports that Henrik Zetterberg had a one-word answer on whether Abdelkader deserves to be suspended: “No.”

Related: Watch video of the hit

  1. thehighcountrybear - May 4, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    Get real Wings!

    What happened to our mantra of ‘accountability’…?

    We slipped a gear tonight, own up!

    • esracerx46 - May 4, 2013 at 11:18 PM

      Slipped a gear? It was 4-0. The Wangs didn’t even have the car running.

  2. thehighcountrybear - May 4, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    Yeah sorry esracerx46…?

    I forgot all the Wild and Hawks’ sycophants, not heard from for twenty odd years, are the newly anointed hockey experts. What a joke…

    Change hands, pretend you’re dating a new girl tonight…

  3. esracerx46 - May 5, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    Hey somebody learned a new word! In case you’ve been out the last 5 years the Hawks have been atop the league in attendance. Went to the Western Conference finals twice, and won a cup. The days of being the bottom feeders of the league have gone the way the rivalry Hawks-Wings rivalry is about to. And as far as being a hockey expert, never claimed to be. You’re analogy of slipping a gear implies that the wings at one point had gotten things started. And that wasn’t the case tonight.

  4. manchestermiracle - May 5, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    “The chance of hitting a guy and not being suspended is so low these days,” Quincey said.

    The chance of you leaving your feet to deliver a head-shot with your shoulder? Was that the “chance” to which you were referring? It’s quite possible to make hits in the league today without getting thrown out of the game, but apparently admitting the obvious is what has no chance.

  5. packerswin96 - May 5, 2013 at 3:15 AM

    Much worse hit than Gryba on Eller! Of course so was Frerence hit on Grabovski but he only got 1 game, so who knows?

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