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Detroit's Abdelkader to have NHL hearing over hit

Left wing was ejected for charging, game misconduct


Detroit Red Wings left wing Justin Abdelkader (8) checks Anaheim Ducks defenseman Toni Lydman (32) during the second period in Game 3 in Detroit, Saturday. Abdelkader was ejected for the hit.

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DETROIT -- Detroit Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader will have a telephone hearing with NHL disciplinary officials at 4 p.m. today.

The hearing, which could result in a suspension, comes less than 24 hours after Abdelkader was ejected from Game 3 of a Western Conference quarterfinal against the Anaheim Ducks at Joe Louis Arena. Abdelkader hit Ducks defenseman Tony Lydman in the second period of a 4-0 loss, and appeared to come off his skates and make contact with Lydman's head.

Abdelkader received a five-minute major for charging and a game misconduct. Lydman did not return to the game, and Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said Lydman had a "headache."

The Red Wings host the Ducks in Game 4 at 8 p.m. Monday.

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