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Deryk Engelland Suspended for Hit on Justin Abdelkader; No Discipline for Kyle Quincey

December 18th, 2013 at 7:56 PM
By Frank Vajcner

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Deryk Engelland learned his fate today after an illegal check to the head of the Detroit Red Wings' Justin Abdelkader.

Engelland was suspended for five games as a result of the hit.

What weighed into the decision was that Abdelkader sustained a concussion, and that Engelland was suspended in December 2011 for a similar violation.

Abdelkader has since returned to practice, but has yet to be cleared for contact.

Meanwhile, defenseman Kyle Quincey can breathe a sigh of relief after he learned that he will not be suspended for boarding Anaheim's Ryan Getzlaf on Tuesday.

Quincey was ejected from the game for the incident, which resulted in Getzlaf having to receive stitches.

It's really surprisng as to why Quincey wasn't suspended for his actions. Given that Getzlaf sustained an injury (albeit a minor one), and the fact that he was suspended in April 2012 for charging.

NHL Department of Player Safety Senior Vice President Brendan Shanahan has not commented on the decision to not pursue supplemental discipline for Quincey.

Tags: Brendan Shanahan, Detroit, Detroit Red Wings, Hockey, Justin Abdelkader, Kyle Quincey, NHL

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