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Video: Justin Abdelkader ejected for charging Toni Lydman

May 4, 2013, 9:37 PM EDT

Detroit Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader might get a call from the NHL after he was ejected from Game 3 of his team’s first-round series against the Anaheim Ducks for a charging hit on Toni Lydman.

Here’s early video of the hit (an extended version will be added soon):

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Lydman, 35, needed help off the ice after that check. Abdelkader received a five-minute charging major to go along with that ejection, which opened the door for the Ducks to score the game’s first (and so far only) goal on the ensuing power play.

Update: the Anaheim Ducks announced that Lydman is being evaluated and won’t return to the game.

  1. Stiller43 - May 4, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    I agree with the call…left his feet and point of contact was up high near (or at) the head. Cant have that.

  2. thehighcountrybear - May 4, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    The perfect example of why players in vulnerable positions should be able to protect themselves from players attacking from their blind sides…

    Feed the attacker an elbow or a bit of lumber, next time he comes in with a more prudence!

    What a stupid selfish play, taking his team out of a scoreless game…

  3. fusionix7 - May 4, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    I agree with the charging call. However, from this video angle I haven’t seen conclusive evidence to say the head was point of contact. It looks like one of those situations where he slides up from the shoulder into the head.

    I think the key factor is the referee who is standing two feet away from the hit doesn’t make a call and he had the best view of the hit (granted it was at game speed).

    I’m in agreement with you @countrybear. Allow the players to get their arms or sticks up to defend themselves and you won’t see near as players getting head injuries.

  4. packerswin96 - May 4, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    More of an illegal hit than Gryba’s on Eller!

  5. jamesc8879 - May 4, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    Do any of you watch hockey!!! He did not charge he glided from the front of the net, and he slid up the shoulder!! BOTH LEGAL!!! Good hit the referee right next to the play made no call it was a clean good hit idiots bs call

    • tycobbfromfangraphs - May 5, 2013 at 1:49 AM

      Jumping is charging, he jumped hence the charging call. I watch hockey I play hockey and I’m a Red Wing fan, you’re an ignoramus. Go grab yourself a rulebook next time before chirping in and exposing yourself as the one who has no clue what he is talking about.

  6. lopo - May 4, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    He left his feet after the initial impact occurred. Yea it was a big hit, you don’t want to see anyone injured, but it was largely a big pretty clean hit. You can slow mo it and over analyze all you want. His point of impact was shoulder and then left his feet during impact.

  7. thehighcountrybear - May 4, 2013 at 11:20 PM


    Some of us prefer to ‘play’ the game and leave the ‘watching’ to others…

    Regardless of the glide and slide, the product of Abdelkader’s effort, committed at speed, caused contact with the head on a vulnerable player.

    Don’t get me wrong, Lydman is a bully-boy who likes to wallpaper players long after releasing the puck, so anything he takes he wears it well! Still…

    Say bye to Justin for at least one, maybe two…given the Wings porous goal keeping and defence in third periods, you may be saying goodbye until training camp.

    • jamesc8879 - May 5, 2013 at 12:09 AM

      No suspension will be handed out the BS call was already enough and the referees will see there mistake and you’ll see some BS make up calls Monday

  8. aventador12 - May 4, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    He can clearly see Lydman was vulnerable and did not see him coming, yet he still delivered the hit. Good hit since he clearly initiated with his shoulder but the mere fact that he lifted after the fact and admired his hit made it look worse and in turn became a head-shot. Definitely will be looked at, but given the league’s pathetic inconsistency regarding handing out suspensions and such, I won’t be surprised if the Wings get away with one. Hope Lydman’s ok though. Don’t like seeing any player injured.

    • jamesc8879 - May 5, 2013 at 12:13 AM

      You conterdict yourself ?? How can you call it a clean hit because he lead with his shoulder to shoulder but call the league inconsistent for not suspending him?? It was clean no suspension needed last I checked being vulnerable is your own fault keep your head up its a fast paced game.

  9. jamesc8879 - May 5, 2013 at 12:05 AM


    I played since I was 7years old, and the rule states if impact starts at the shoulder it’s legal it’s when it’s initiated at the head, also the glide does matter, a charge is skating into the hit. I don’t care if he did or didn’t deserve the hit, it was a clean hit and no suspension will be leved

    • tycobbfromfangraphs - May 5, 2013 at 1:51 AM

      Typing more stuff about things you don’t understand I see, again, go get a rule book look up charging, feel stupid and get back to us.
      Leave your feet = Charging

  10. thehighcountrybear - May 5, 2013 at 12:27 AM


    Perhaps Shanahan will get you on the Red Phone before the night’s over, he could use the help after the call on the Gryba hit to be sure…

    Much as I like and admire Abdelkader’s play overall, this hit was a gutless attempt to destroy a defenceless player; the timing was inordinately stupid in a scoreless game?

    Glide is immaterial, speed of attack and vulnerability are material…Abdelkader came in at speed while attacking a vulnerable player.

    Your Atom and Tiny Mite experiences notwithstanding, the current NHL is punishing reckless disregard for players’ health. Lydman had to leave the game…one game suspension, if concussed…two games or worse if Justin’s history is examined.

    If Lydman can be found to be remotely tied to the Canadiens system, Abdelkader can expect a date with Ol’ Sparky or in the least, the guillotine…

    • jamesc8879 - May 5, 2013 at 12:48 AM

      Now I know you know nothing Abdelkader has no history DUmb Azz and turn on NHL live Canadian announcers are calling it a clean hit the refs got it wrong, every big hit is because a player leaves himself vulnerable, ya in tiny mite days all the way up I was taught keep your head up so go back to your beer league were you can cry about being hit too hard

  11. manchestermiracle - May 5, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    Don’t know what game the apologists were watching, but Abdelkader launched himself into that hit and used his shoulder to target the head. The best replay is the camera behind Abdelkader clearly showing him straightening from a crouch with his shoulder targeting the head. He launches so hard he’s off his feet when he delivers the shot. Go ahead and keep telling yourself it was clean and somehow Lydman’s fault, but unless Shanahan is blind or has been handed a suitcase full of money you can kiss Abdelkader good-bye for a couple of games.

  12. acieu - May 5, 2013 at 4:58 AM

    Leave your feet, make high contact plus injure a player is a going to get called a charge and just because the dipstick standing next to it didn’t make the call doesn’t justify the hit. The supervisor of officials would have had the crews collective rear ends if someone hadn’t of racked up a major here.

  13. bhawk729 - May 5, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    Typical of Red Wings…then proceeded to get beat down. I was laughing when I saw what a ghost town the stands were late in the game. HockeyTown? Yeah sure

    • blackhawksdynasty - May 5, 2013 at 12:50 PM

      Sorry brother, but that’s not typical Red Wings hockey. Dumb play, no doubt, and an ugly finish for the home team. As a Blackhawks season ticket holder who lives in Michigan, I’ve been to countless games at the Madhouse and The Joe. Even the UC will clear out when Chicago is down and out in a game. Thankfully that hasn’t happened much the last few years at home. But is surely did in the late 90’s and early last decade. I’m personally gonna miss that rivalry when Det moves next year. #original6

  14. jamesc8879 - May 5, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Was Lydman’s head affected? How could it not be? Was it a hit to the head? Clearly not. Did Abdelkader build up speed heading toward him? Don’t you have to? Did he continue that speed through the hit? Not at all. Did the refs call it clean — or did they call it dirty and throw Abdelkader out?
    Yes — and yes. Everything was clean

  15. blackhawksdynasty - May 5, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    I like what Abdelkader brings to a hockey game. He can be a very effective player in many ways, and I’d be happy to see him in an Indian Head sweater. That being said, this was a stupid play. Exactly what the league is “trying to eliminate”, although I have yet to see the NHL make a true effort to do so.
    @jamesc: This hit looks nearly identical to some of the long suspension earning hits in recent years. Cooke, Torres, etc. How is this any different? Watch the video again – the 1st two slow-motion replays show he clearly leaves his feet BEFORE contact is made. Not to mention Lydman never saw him coming. That makes Lydman “vulnerable”. You have no valid argument. It’s a dirty hit. Period.

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