Abdelkader getting the dreaded call
May, 5, 2013
By Craig Custance | ESPN.com
DETROIT -- Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader will have a 4 p.m. ET phone hearing with the NHL’s department of player safety on Sunday regarding his hit on Anaheim defenseman Toni Lydman. Abdekader hit Lydman 15:11 into the second period of the Ducks Game 3 win, appeared to leave his feet and make contact with Lydman’s head. He received a five-minute charging major and game misconduct.
The league announced that the hit is being considered for supplemental discipline on the grounds of charging.
Lydman didn’t return to the game and Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said he was suffering from headaches and doubtful for Sunday’s practice in Detroit. Lydman has a history of concussions.
"We just want our guy to be OK," Boudreau said.