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NHL books hearing with Abdelkader for Lydman hit

May 5, 2013, 10:57 AM EDT

With more than half the game behind them, the Detroit Red Wings and Anaheim Ducks were tied in Game 3 on Saturday. Then Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader charged into Ducks defenseman Toni Lydman.

Abdelkader was booted from the game while the blow ended Lydman’s night. Anaheim scored on the ensuing five-minute power-play en route to their 4-0 victory.

It looks like that might not be the end of Abdelkader’s punishment though, as the NHL has scheduled a hearing with him for 4 p.m. ET, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie. It will be conducted over the phone, which means that his suspension won’t exceed five games.

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Abdelkader didn’t answer questions after the contest, but Red Wings coach Mike Babcock felt the hit was clean. Detroit captain Henrik Zetterberg added that he doesn’t think Abdelkader will be suspended.

  1. manchestermiracle - May 5, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Babcock needs to see his eye doctor.

  2. vshehane - May 5, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Where was Babcock when it happened?

  3. tlndma - May 5, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    3-4 games, left feet to hit him and hit him in head. C’mon Babcock!

    Will the league be looking at Phaneuf’s hit on Paille? Elbow to head. Does a player have to be injured? Time to start penalizing the deed not the result.

    • sabatimus - May 5, 2013 at 1:18 PM

      Phaneuf’s hit was not an elbow at all. Phaneuf’s shoulder hit Paille up high because Phaneuf is taller. Could’ve been called perhaps, but wasn’t. I’m a B’s fan and I have little issue with the hit.

    • sabatimus - May 5, 2013 at 1:46 PM

      I would however like to know how Colton Orr didn’t get a hearing for his blatant charge-cross check on Johnny Boychuk in Game 1.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 5, 2013 at 2:01 PM

      What the hell do you expect Babcock to say? “oh! Yes! Andelkader took a run at Lyman. It was a dirty hit and the league should suspend him at least 5 games.” C’mon! Get real people.

  4. packerswin96 - May 5, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Worst hit of the playoffs so far, should be 5 games at least but with Shanny’s logic who knows?

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 5, 2013 at 1:55 PM

      Shanny and his gang of disciples blew their assessment of the Gryba hit. They were influenced by the ugly result of a hockey check, and tried to justify with their politically filled logic. This guy left his feet, shoulder to head hit, and blind sided. If you use Gryba’s hit as a Baseline, then they may give Abdelkader 20 games. I’m being sarcastic of course.

  5. blackhawksdynasty - May 5, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    I understand coaches don’t necessarily want to call out there own players, but get real Babcock! The coach AND the captain both calling it a “hockey play”?!?!? Man up, own up. Notice Abdelkader didn’t have the balls to stick around for the media? Even he knows it was a stupid play. Give him the max. 5 game over phone suspension. And PLEASE NHL, put a stop to this crap once and for all.

    • blackhawksdynasty - May 5, 2013 at 12:04 PM

      damn autocorrect on the cell phone. not there – their

  6. titansbro - May 5, 2013 at 11:53 AM


  7. eonbluekarma - May 5, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    Apparently hitting with shoulder on a guy with head up is charging? The only party that mad it bad was his leaving feet. If this was dirty, every hit by a duck this series has been filthy.

    • tycobbfromfangraphs - May 5, 2013 at 12:21 PM

      Jumping into a hit is charging, this place sure does have a lot of hockey fans who have no clue that a call for charging can include.

      • tycobbfromfangraphs - May 5, 2013 at 12:34 PM

        Thumbs down from kids who refuse to understand

        Rule 42 – Charging
        42.1 Charging – A minor or major penalty shall be imposed on a player who skates or jumps into, or charges an opponent in any manner.

        All you silly boys might want to look at the still picture the PHT guys provided before you clicked this article, you know the one showing Abdelkader 6 inches off the ice before making the hit.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 5, 2013 at 1:57 PM


      • eonbluekarma - May 5, 2013 at 4:38 PM

        Either you’re blind or dumb. He didn’t leave his feet until after contact. This board sure does have a lot of hockey fans who don’t even watch the games they are trying to describe.

      • 19wasthebest - May 5, 2013 at 4:51 PM

        @tycobbfromfangraphs, Did not leave feet until after hit. watch video in slow motion or pause at point of impact feet are still on ice.

  8. drdog - May 5, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    Considering the way the Wings finished the game Saturday night, any suspension over two games would have to be completed next fall. Dumb penalties + no offense = sayonara.

  9. usm418 - May 5, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    Clean hit. Bad call by the officials.

    • tycobbfromfangraphs - May 5, 2013 at 12:37 PM

      You’re clueless as the rest and either don’t know the rules, or you’re a homer who can’t admit the truth.

      Again, are you blind or did you fail at seeing the still picture of the hit before you clicked this article.

      Pictures don’t lie morons, he was airborn before the hit.

      You’re an embarrassment to Wings fans, just common homers that every fans base has and nobody can stand.

      • 19wasthebest - May 5, 2013 at 4:52 PM

        watch in slow mo he hit before skates left ice. How do you know when pic was taken?

  10. tycobbfromfangraphs - May 5, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    Oh and I promise youall he’s getting suspended

    Abdelkader cost MY Wings the game and it’s embarrassing to see so many lil boys defend the fool who did something so stupid.

    • sabatimus - May 5, 2013 at 1:20 PM

      I agree it was a charge and a head hit, but who the hell knows what Shanny’s going to do? Flip a coin.

  11. aventador12 - May 5, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    Dude was flying. But it was pathetic that the official right next to them when the hit happened did not even raise his hand right away meaning he was not gonna call anything. Bulls**t! Amazing how there’s a few on here still trying to defend that it was a clean hit and the call was BS! You’re probably a bandwagon fan who is clueless. And for the coach and the captain to think it’s a glean hit as well? Of course they would say that. They’re the Wings. Hoping that Shanahan and the league would be a little lenient because they’re getting desperate and know this is not good. I hope they give him the maximum punishment. He knew and saw Lydman was vulnerable and still delivered the hit.

    • 19wasthebest - May 5, 2013 at 5:00 PM

      He should have kept his head up. 1st thing I learned was to keep my head up. All it took was getting smoke once and I didn’t do it again. I also did not put myself in a bad position.

  12. bensawesomeness - May 5, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    They always said that playoff games are worth 4-5 regular season games.
    I can’t imagine him getting suspended for more than 2 games, but 2 games would be warranted, in my book.

  13. tigers182 - May 5, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    If he had gotten up right away it would have been a 2 min penalty w no suspension. It clearly wasn’t dirty, it’s a sport that allows hitting like this, he just took it slightly outside the rules.

    • sabatimus - May 5, 2013 at 3:59 PM

      I can’t believe how many people believe this wasn’t dirty. Are they using Shanahan’s suspension history as a barometer? If so, anything and everything could be legal or illegal.

  14. natlbnkilr - May 5, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    I can’t believe the homers on this board that actually think this wasn’t a dirty hit. You idiots might wanna go back to school so you can read the rulebook… There’s no telling what Shanny’s gonna do thou. He’ll probably pat Justin on the back and award him some extra $ for the hit. In my opinion, he should not be allowed to doll out punishment for players on teams that he used to play for… Bias SOB.

  15. brett76 - May 5, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    I will agree with what Kyle Quincey said though…..years ago this was legal…now guys, especially defenders, don’t want to hit because most likely they will be suspended. However the NHL needs to look at everything. Why is it fine for a guy to be getting the puck behind the boards & a forward gets to come flying in 100 miles per hour & hammer him, but if you take a run at a guy in open ice the NHL is all concerned about taking it out…….either hockey is a contact game or it isn’t.

    I am not defending the hit, but I think he could have did even more damage just skating right through the guy. They pretty much banned hip checks. Now they are going after open ice hits….soon boarding will be the only hits in the game & those were NEVER supposed to be legal.

  16. eonbluekarma - May 5, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    Either you’re blind or dumb. He didn’t leave his feet until after contact. This board sure does have a lot of hockey fans who don’t even watch the games they are trying to describe.

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