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by Paul on 12/16/13 at 12:06 PM ET
from Sean Gentille of The Sporting News,
"I'm trying to get his body. I don't know if he (was) trying to poke the puck or jump around or something, but as his head comes up, I catch it (with) a shoulder in his head," Engelland said Monday. "I don't know if he's trying to jump around. But I'm expecting him to finish his check, and I've kind of gotta protect myself instead of turning away and getting hit and heading head-first into the boards."
That said, Abdelkader didn't appear to be attempting to throw a check, the two were several feet from the boards and Engelland appeared to shrug his shoulder upward. At minimum, he didn't nearly attempt to avoid contact, which is enough to earn a suspension on its own merit.
Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said he also believed Engelland's contact to be unintentional and was surprised that it merited an in-person hearing. He also noted that Engelland indeed caught Abdelkader in the chin with his shoulder, and that his suspension in December 2011 will play a role in the upcoming decision.
"Justin's leaning into the play, and I think Deryk's intention is to go stick-on-puck," Bylsma said.
added 12:18pm, I have added the video below in case you want to review the hit.
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