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by George Malik on 05/22/14 at 10:24 AM ET
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.
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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