Abdelkader was skating for a loose puck at center ice when he and Engelland collided near the red line. Engelland's shoulder appeared to strike Abdelkader's chin. Daniel Alfredsson and a team trainer helped Abdelkader from the ice at Joe Louis Arena with 29.3 seconds remaining in the period.
Engelland was given a match penalty, putting Detroit on a five-minute power play. Chuck Kobasew served the five minutes.
Abdelkader played 6:01 on seven shifts before he was injured.
I think I'm lucky to be here and you definitely don't take very many things for granted, if you take anything for granted. I definitely put my family and my wife and my close family in perspective, that they're the most important thing in the world. I want to do whatever I can to play hockey, but like I said, under the right circumstances.
— Stars forward Rich Peverley to "The Musers" radio show on The Ticket 1310 AM in Dallas