Abdelkader suspended two games for charging Lydman Staff

5/5/2013 7:09:53 PM

Detroit Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader has been suspended two games for charging Toni Lydman of the Anaheim Ducks in Game 3 of their series on Saturday night.

Abdelkader appeared to line up Lydman and propel himself into the Ducks defenceman, hitting him in the side of the head with his shoulder.

Abdelkader was assessed a major penalty for charging and given a game misconduct with 4:49 left in the second period.

Lydman was helped off the ice and did not return to the game.

"From what I gather, the league has done a pretty good job with these things, and I'm not going to say anything," Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said after the game. "Mr. Shanahan can look at it."

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock was also reserved in his comments on the hit.

"His shoulder hit his shoulder, and the kid went down hard. They called it a major. I'm not involved in the next part of the process," said Babcock. "I didn't think he was up. I didn't think his arms were up or anything."

Game 4 of the series is scheduled for Monday night in Detroit.