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Red Wings’ Justin Abdelkader clipped by Engelland, leaves game

Update: No surprise here:

Update #2: FTR:

Update #3: Not playing tomorrow:

Via the CBC's Elliotte Friedman, The Score's Thomas Drance posted a .gif of the shoulder Penguins defenseman Deryk Engelland delivered to Justin Abdelkader's jaw, resulting in a match penalty for Engelland and possibly a concussion for Abdelkader, who first hunched over and then nearly fell over:

Late in the first period of Saturday night's game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Detroit Red Wings, Penguins defenseman Deryk Engelland made heavy contract with the head of Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader on a neutral zone check.

You can see the brutal hit here:


[Courtesy NHL Network]

Engelland was assessed a match penalty on the play, and will likely face a disciplinary hearing for a rather blatant violation of rule 48. Abdelkader meanwhile was helped down the tunnel by Red Wings trainers...

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Seth Rorabaugh found a video of the hit:


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Should get 5-8 games.  Knowing the NHL, probably will only get 2.  He was suspended in 2011.

Posted by pens fan in baltimore on 12/14/13 at 09:14 PM ET

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Grapes on tonight’s Coaches Corner addresssed this hit and also showed tonight when versteeg turned his back completely to Phaneuf against the boards just before he made contact with him. Grapes point was players are putting themselves in these type vulnerable positions way to often in todays NHL and that is why we are seeing so many suspensions.
I agree with Grapes because Abdelkader got hit earlier in tonights game by freddy krueger yet was foolish enough to reach for the puck going across the neutral zone as the one guy on Penguins to fear was right in train tracks.
Grapes is right, players today do not know how to avoid hard hits and they go near the boards looking for a boarding penalty way to often risking serious injury to themselves.
Ken Holland should of got the Red Wings an Enforcer for this season but instead we have half our roster on IR or LTIR.
Now I’m heading back home to my town that has no police force because we all know they are not needed in society nor on NHL teams aka Enforcer aka Harry Callahan aka Bronson aka pick a name.


Posted by Slumpy from Under My Wheels on 12/14/13 at 09:32 PM ET

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And disclaimer- it has nothing to do with him being on the Pens…

These guys just don’t fauxing get it.

Posted by mrfluffy from the phone, calling Detroit, telling them it's on 12/14/13 at 09:33 PM ET

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“It’s 9 o’clock on a Saturday ... “

... and we miss Abby ... Pasha’s ‘piano man’.


Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 12/14/13 at 10:07 PM ET


I can’t stand the “he put himself in a vulnerable position” or “he should’ve kept his head up” idea most of the time. It places blame on a guy because he might have made a mistake…or in cases like this one, it places blame on a guy who is just trying to play hockey.

If there hadn’t been a hit coming and Abdelkader poked the puck around him, it would’ve been a good play. All he can do is try and hope if a hit is coming, he can avoid it. It’s not Abdelkader’s job to worry about a dude taking his head off.

Engelland had time to look at Abby. He made up his mind before that to hit the way he did, when he could’ve recognized he was vulnerable and changed how he hit when he took that glance.

Posted by CrimsonPhoenix on 12/14/13 at 10:44 PM ET

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AP news wire—Detroit
“Pavel Abdelkader was murdered last night in one of the more dangerous areas in Detroit. He was working late at night, was going out to his car, when he was robbed and beaten to death with a baseball stick.

Ironically, he was attacked and robbed a few months ago in the same situation a month ago. He was knocked out, also with a baseball bat, but he later said to the press that he shouldn’t have been working so late at night, and without the company’s security around now, should have been more careful.

Strangely, the police arrested the attacker, Deryk Cowen. However, when he expressed remorse over the beating,  saying ironically he was on neighborhood watch and was just trying to keep the neighborhood safe. Noting that Pavel admitted that he should have been smarter at night, the police dropped the charges, saying they understood that Pavel should have known better and therefore, Mr. Cowens certainly couldn’t be blamed for hitting Pavel.

The police announced that they just arrested Jared Engelland, the cousin of Deryk Cowen ironically, who also said he was on neighborhood security watch and did what he normally does to keep the neighborhood safe, although it’s not clear what made him think Mr. Abdelkader was a threat. Police haven’t decided to press charges yet, since after all, Pavel was putting himself in harm’s way, especially with no security nearby, and the police can’t be expected to protect EVERYONE from harm.”

Posted by Bugsy on 12/14/13 at 11:20 PM ET

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Pardon the few months/month error. I haven’t written in months, but felt I had to vent tonight.

Posted by Bugsy on 12/14/13 at 11:21 PM ET

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