Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/05/13 at 08:33 AM ET
If you missed the hit or want to review it, watch it here at The Malik Report.
added 9:53am, from Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press,
The head is attached to the body. You attack one, you’ll affect the other, and to the naked eye, at the speed of hockey, it is damn hard to know how much contact is made where or when. So Justin Abdelkader saw a play develop, charged toward Anaheim’s Toni Lydman and plowed into him for a check. Hit his body, shoulder high, knocked Lydman up and down like a land mine explosion.
Was Lydman’s head affected? How could it not be? Was it a hit to the head? Clearly not. Did Abdelkader build up speed heading toward him? Don’t you have to? Did he continue that speed through the hit? Not at all. Did the refs call it clean — or did they call it dirty and throw Abdelkader out?
Yes — and yes.
On such things can playoff hockey turn.
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