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Red Wings' Abdelkader leaves with injury

Saturday, 12.14.2013 / 8:45 PM / News

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Red Wings' Abdelkader leaves with injury
Detroit Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader did not return after leaving the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins with a first-period injury.

Detroit Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader was helped from the ice late in the first period of the game Saturday against the Pittsburgh Penguins after a hit by defenseman Deryk Engelland. He did not return to the game, which the Penguins won 4-1.

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.

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