Justin Abdelkader will be lost for the Red Wings for Games 4 and 5 after a devastating hit he left on Anaheim’s Toni Lydman in the second period of Game 3 Saturday night.
After the game, Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock didn’t think any suspension was in order for Abdelkader suggesting it was a shoulder to shoulder hit with no contact being made to the head.
“To me, I watched the hit again today and, holy mackerel,” Babcock said. “I don’t know what you’re going to be suspended for, but that’s me. You turn the video and pretend that there was contact to the head maybe you can find something, but a guy is gliding, goes through a guy, I don’t know.”
“None. None,” Babcock said if Abdelkader had any contact with Lydman’s head. “I think it was shoulder to shoulder, bent knees going into a guy and exploding through him. Should be (the guy sees you coming), braced in time. I think if you turn the video and you look at it from (another) angle coming in and you don’t see what is actually happening you can think that, but I don’t see that at all.
Obviously former Red Wing and head NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan didn’t see things the same way as he slapped the two game suspension on Abdelkader.
The time Abdelkader took to get to Lydman and how he launched himself into the Anaheim defenseman probably didn’t help his case.
According to Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register, Lydman was apparently suffering from a sore neck and migraine and did not practice with his team Sunday. Duck’s head coach Bruce Boudreau said Lydman is listed as questionable for Game 4 tonight.
h/t: Yahoo! Sports, NHL.com, Orange County Register, Daily Tribune