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Wings’ Abdelkader laments ‘unfortunate’ hit

May 6, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

On Monday, Detroit forward Justin Abdelkader discussed the hit that earned him a two-game suspension and knocked Ducks defenseman Toni Lydman out of the lineup.

“I want to reiterate that on Saturday there was no intent to injure,” Abdelkader told the Macomb Daily. “I don’t mean to injure anyone, put anyone at harm.

“I have respect for every one of the players in this hockey league. It’s a privilege that we get to play in the NHL.”

The hit occurred late in the second period of Saturday’s 4-0 loss, with Abdelkader getting a five-minute charging major and game misconduct:

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Abdelkader was subsequently suspended two games by NHL discipline czar Brendan Shanahan, who called the hit “violent,” adding the Detroit winger “made significant head contact” with Lydman.

The 26-year-old said the speed and physicality of his game played a role in what transpired.

“I play a hard game, I play physical. I’m going to still play my physical game, get in on the forecheck, finish checks, but I’ve got to be smart about it,” he explained. “The speed of the game, it happens so fast.

“It’s unfortunate what happened.”

  1. freneticgarfieldfan - May 6, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    Meanwhile, I lament the absence of supplemental discipline on Rene Bourque and the other cheap shot artists from MTL (namely Subban, Prust, Gorges).

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 6, 2013 at 1:23 PM

      I agree with you. However, there are no suspensions handed our for cheap shots. Head shots. Yes!

  2. polegojim - May 6, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    ‘Unfortunate’ is the accurate description.

    C’Mon Shanny… if you have to use slo-mo replay to identify the very second his skates left the ice… speed of play should prevail.

    Major penalty? Ok, for the sake of justice, I’d buy that… but suspension… NOPE, not on that one.

    • michiganhockey11 - May 6, 2013 at 12:58 PM

      Where was the supplimental discipline when Souray cross-checked Abdelkader in Game 2 and he went head first into the boards? Oh, that’s right…

  3. bensawesomeness - May 6, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    For the record, Abdelkader really hasn’t been a headhunter in the past, nothing to suggest he was actually out there to injure.

    I’m not arguing with the suspension, i’ll let other comments do that ( seriously how did Montreal avoid any discipline) just noting he’s not a ‘dirty’ player

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 6, 2013 at 1:24 PM

      Maybe so. But why the heck did he leave his feet? Who teaches players to leave their feet just prior to making contact. It is illegal to launch yourself and become a human projectile. Clearly that is in a players control.

      • michiganhockey11 - May 6, 2013 at 1:32 PM

        That’s the thing. He didn’t leave his feet, otherwise Shanny would have said it in his explanation. Shanny said he “elevated” (ie.-he straightened his body up) going into the hit, but did not leave his feet until contact happened (which is acceptable if it’s after contact is made as physics causes it).

        Abdelkader coasted 15ft from the hashmarks into contact. If Lydman looked before he turned himself around, it would have stayed shoulder to shoulder. Instead, Lydman turned and opened himself up and he rolled his body into the hit after it initially caught his shoulder.

      • bensawesomeness - May 6, 2013 at 1:36 PM

        I’m not going to defend him leaving his feet, he absolutely did it (slowmo wasn’t in his favor on this one)

        Just that his past doesn’t lend itself to him being a dirty player

      • polegojim - May 6, 2013 at 3:25 PM

        Joey – Slo-mo is a ridiculous way to gauge these types of hits.

        If there was obvious intent to injure or real time view of him being air borne.. I get it. NEITHER were true.

        The time of his hit to leaving the ice is a FRACTION of a second… bad deal.

  4. michiganhockey11 - May 6, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    bensawesomeness- I agree. 230+ penalty minutes and no suspensions. Classic inconsistancies.

    • bensawesomeness - May 6, 2013 at 2:17 PM

      This is honestly one of the first times i’ve had issues with the dicipline board for the NHL. They have an office of people just for dicipline, i don’t usually bash on how bad a suspension is or whatever

      But straight up, that game last night was embarrassing to hockey, how did the coaches/teams not get at least fined? let alone suspensions and whatnot

      • michiganhockey11 - May 6, 2013 at 2:25 PM

        I’m just south of 30 and been watching the game my whole life. I can’t recall a playoff game with that many penalty minutes.

        I thought for sure the coaches would get fined for “lack of institutional control”

  5. thehighcountrybear - May 6, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    In recent years, Abdelkader has cleaned it up, but he’s no saint by any measure…

    He always goes in high with stick and elbows up, and he usually does it to players pinned on the boards. That’s why he draws the attention from opponents as he does…play that kind of game expect that kind of attention!

    Gloss it over all you want, but I can recall a number of similarly stupid plays from Abdelkader…they left me asking if this guy actually had the brains to graduate from university? Like the hit on Lydman, the takeouts involved speed and head shots and bad timing, hurting the Wings at critical moments…

    I recall he once drilled Seabrook near the end of a period that was all elbow and face. Much as hack artists like Seabrook need an occasional filling-in, their play doesn’t warrant savage attacks to the head!

    Abdelkader’s guilty as charged, and I was disappointed to see Wings and Babcock resort to the sort of gamesmanship you’d see from Canucks and Flames among others; it brought the organization off it usually lofty perch?

    Bruce Boudreau’s measured and reasoned response was ripped from the Mike Babcock manual; he and the Ducks trumped us badly on this one…

  6. dlk75150 - May 6, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    Wish the guy getting hit could think fast enough to duck, maybe some lessons would be learned if guys like this slammed into the boards head first. Wouldn’t thatbe something to see. Can’t believe he only got 2 games.

  7. j0ey15 - May 6, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    I can’t believe hockey fans are complaining about fighting in this game… It’s part of the game and always has been I’m not a fan of either team but I thought it was great… On the other hand a suspension had to be given for this hit because you can’t give a suspension to the guy from Ottawa for a shoulder to shoulder hit and not one here its just the inconsistent politics of shanahan being shanahan and until they figure out a way to show some consistency in handing out suspensions we will keep debating what’s legal and what’s illegal

  8. j0ey15 - May 6, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    I totally agree with you I didn’t think either hit should’ve been a suspension I love hard nosed aggressive hockey

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