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.
This is a great day for me. This is something I've been thinking about for a long time. This is a great opportunity that the St. Louis Blues organization, (owner) Tom Stillman and Doug Armstrong are giving me and trusting me in doing...This is going to be a great challenge for me.
— Martin Brodeur, after announcing his retirement as an NHL player and becoming a senior adviser with the Blues on Thursday