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Detroit's Abdelkader suspended 2 games for hit

Sunday - 5/5/2013, 7:27pm  ET

Detroit Red Wings left wing Justin Abdelkader (8) checks Anaheim Ducks defenseman Toni Lydman (32) during the second period in Game 3 of a first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Detroit, Saturday, May 4, 2013. Abdelkader was ejected for the hit. (AP Photo/Detroit News, John T. Greilick) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT

NOAH TRISTER
AP Sports Writer

DETROIT (AP) -- Detroit's Justin Abdelkader has been suspended two games for Saturday's hit on Anaheim's Toni Lydman.

The suspension means Abdelkader must miss Games 4 and 5 of the first-round playoff series between the Red Wings and Ducks. Anaheim leads the series 2-1.

Abdelkader appeared to catch Lydman in the side of the head with his left shoulder, and he was given a major penalty for charging and a game misconduct with 4:49 remaining in the second period. Anaheim went on to win the game 4-0.

The 26-year-old Abdelkader played all 48 games during the regular season for Detroit, scoring 10 goals with three assists. He also scored a goal in Game 2 against Anaheim, and the Red Wings went on to win 5-4 in overtime.

Game 4 is Monday night.


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