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Video: Engelland receives match penalty for hit on Abdelkader (update)


James OBrien

Saturday night is fairly young, yet the NHL already has a couple new, questionable hits to look at. Add Pittsburgh Penguins tough guy Deryk Engelland’s check on Detroit Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader to the mix.

Engelland, 31, received a match penalty for the hit. Here’s video of that check:

If you want some added perspective, here are a couple takes from beat writers on the scene:

Abdelkader went pretty low with head, but responsibility to avoid head is on player delivering hit, in this case Engelland. He’ll pay.

— Dejan Kovacevic (@Dejan_Kovacevic) December 15, 2013

That last reverse angle appears to show Engelland catching Abdelkader’s head as the principal point of contact.

— Seth Rorabaugh (@emptynetters) December 15, 2013

Abdelkader needed help off the ice. He won’t return to the game, according to’s Ansar Khan.

Engelland has one three-game suspension (checking to the head) on his record, according to Cap Geek’s listings.

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