DETROIT -- The
What has been the Red Wings' top line, the one carrying them into the playoffs, was dismantled when the
Abdelkader had been an effective force with the highly skilled duo of center
The Ducks lead the
The NHL's chief disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan announced the decision Sunday night, noting: "As the video shows, Abdelkader skates a considerable distance and elevates to violently check Lydman, making significant head contact."
He later said the elevation at contact turned "what could have been a hard full-body check into a high violent check with significant contact to the head that caused an injury."
Though Abdelkader was not a repeat offender, the decision noted Lydman's injury. The defenseman left the game and did not return.
Lydman did not practice with his teammates Sunday and the Ducks reported he was suffering from
"Bright lights are bugging him," Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau said of Lydman. "I don't know when that's not going to be there. If we're going minute by minute and day by day, tomorrow is very questionable for him."
The Ducks declined comment on the suspension Sunday night and said they would address it Monday. But after practice and hours before the decision, the Ducks’
"Let's put it this way: I think [those] kind of hits are totally unnecessary," Selanne said. "It's interesting to see what Shanny's going to do. He played here too. I think everybody is following close. It's a tough job too.
"There's always somebody who is going to be happy and somebody who is not happy."