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Detroit's Justin Abdelkader suspended 2 games for hit on Anaheim's Toni Lydman

Sunday, 05.05.2013 / 7:25 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Detroit's Justin Abdelkader suspended 2 games for hit on Anaheim's Toni Lydman

DETROIT - 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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