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Red Wings at the Worlds: Justin Abdelkader likely to face second suspension for dumb head-hit

Updated 2x with video at 10:46 AM: I'm watching the U.S.-Czech World Championship Quarterfinal game presently, and the Czechs are up 4-1 (game airing on NBCSN on tape delay, NBC Sports Live Extra and...elsewhere...) thanks to two power play goals scored on a 5-minute major against Team USA captain and Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader.

Abdelkader's already been suspended for a kneeing incident, and there is no doubt that he's going to be suspended for this hit on Vladimir Sobotka, per @myregularface on Twitter:

There are certain Leafs fans who are now comparing Abdelkader to Matt Cooke--which is just as dumb as this hit was.

Abdelkader's gone out of his way to play overly physically during this tournament, attempting to "set the tone" for the young U.S. team by setting an example, but in worrying about physical play instead of just worrying about forechecking well and going to the front of the net, he's made some absolutely boneheaded plays, and he's probably going to be suspended for the balance of this tournament and several games in the next IIHF tournament he plays for this dim decision.

Update: TSN's on the case:

American captain Justin Abdelkader was given a five-minute major penalty for charging and a game misconduct in the second period of the U.S.-Czech Republic quarterfinal game at the world hockey championship for a late and high hit on forward Vladimir Sobotka.

Abdelkader, who will likely be facing supplemental discipline from the International Ice Hockey Federation, has already served a one-game suspension in the tournament for a knee-to-knee hit on Kazakhstan's Konstantin Pushkaryovbegan.

More to follow.

Update #2: Pro Hockey Talk's Mike Halford posted a video of the hit:

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What a stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid hit.  Way to go, “captain”.

Posted by Garth on 05/22/14 at 10:44 AM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Someone got caught admiring their shot.  Looked a little late, but suspension worthy?  I guess in the spirit of protecting players from headshots, intentional or otherwise, it may be warranted.  Definitely a penalty, but it wasn’t a dirty or malicious hit.

And at what point did anybody start giving a flying fornication what Leafs fans think about anything?

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 05/22/14 at 10:54 AM ET

Lenny's avatar

What a stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid hit.  Way to go, “captain”.

Posted by Garth on 05/22/14 at 10:44 AM ET

Overreact much???

Posted by Lenny on 05/22/14 at 11:21 AM ET


Overreact much???


Posted by Garth on 05/22/14 at 12:01 PM ET



I overreact all the time, but that was a stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid hit.

Posted by Garth on 05/22/14 at 12:47 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

I disagree. I think it was merely a stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid hit.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 05/22/14 at 12:54 PM ET


Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 05/22/14 at 12:54 PM ET

Just gotta be the contrarian, huh?

Posted by Garth on 05/22/14 at 01:01 PM ET

Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit's avatar

That used to be called Hockey. I do not like the hit, personally, but, Coaches(Babcock) admire players that use a little sandpaper.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 05/22/14 at 02:01 PM ET

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