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by George Malik on 12/14/13 at 11:25 PM ET
Update: This is not a good sign:
Update #2: It's very bad for Engelland given that the NHL's already listing the rules he broke:
The following grounds are being considered for supplemental discipline: rule 46.2, aggressor and rule 46.15, match penalty. However, the Department of Player Safety retains the right to make adjustments to the infraction upon review.
Well okay then. Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader left Saturday's 3-1 loss to Pittsburgh after Deryk Engelland elbowed Abdelkader in the head (after the game, Wings coach Mike Babcock told the media that Abdelkader would not play tomorrow, though Fox Sports Detroit's Trevor Thompson and DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose reported that Abdelkader was up and about), and the NHL's Department of Player Safety quickly issued the following Tweet:
That means the following...
Here's the hit...
And a .gif thereof from the Score:
Engelland did have his say after the game, per the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness:
“He dumps it in and I try to finish my check,” Engelland said after the game. “Obviously I’m not trying to hit him in the head or anything like that, but I think I catch his chin a little bit before his body. Hopefully he’s all right. I had no intentions there to hurt anyone.”
The incident occurred late in the first period.
“It’s a quick play,” Engelland said. “It’s part of my game, playing physical. I’m not trying to target anyone’s head or anything like that. But whatever they do, you got to deal with it.”
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