Detroit Red Wings Justin Abdelkader Ejected for Hit on Anaheim Ducks’ Toni Lydman
Brenden Shanahan, NHL senior vice president of hockey operations and player safety, has been busy this playoff season and tonight’s game between the Detroit Red Wings and Anaheim Ducks will be no exception.
With a little more than five minutes left in the second period, Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader launched himself into Ducks defenseman Toni Lydman. Lydman was slow to get up and was helped off the ice, but did not return to the game. In his post-game conference with the media, Ducks head coach, Bruce Boudreau said that Lydman was suffering from a headache. Looking at the hit, it appears that Abdelkader hit Lydman with his shoulder square in the side of the head. He was given a major penalty for charging and a game misconduct. The hit will most likely get reviewed by Shanahan and Abdelkader will probably face additional discipline, but that is purely speculation.
Not only did this hit cause the Red Wings the game, but it may be costing them the series as well since the Ducks scored on the power play. Anaheim shut out Detroit by a score of 4-0 and they now lead the series two games to one.