The impact of Justin Abdelkader's hit

Updated: May 5, 2013, 12:03 PM ET
By Craig Custance

DETROIT -- The Anaheim Ducks' penalty kill was just starting to settle in after a slow start to the series against the Detroit Red Wings. Early on in Game 2, as the Red Wings' power play got chance after chance, the Ducks' PK was up to the challenge. Toni Lydman was a big part of that.

Before a hit from Justin Abdelkader knocked him out of the game, he had logged 3:17 of ice time on the PK, and it was perfect.

Now, a player who has a history of concussions hopes the result of this hit doesn't mean another one.

During the Flames' playoff run in 2004, Lydman suffered his second concussion in less than a month in the opening round against the Canucks. He made it back for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals against the Lightning, assisting on a Martin Gelinas goal. He also missed time in 2001 with a concussion.

A lengthy absence from Lydman would be a blow to a defense that relies on his steadiness and contributions on the PK. During the regular season, Lydman averaged 2:09 of short-handed ice time per game, trailing only Francois Beauchemin and Sheldon Souray among Ducks defenseman.