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Penguins' Engelland suspended for hit on Abdelkader

Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman Deryk Engelland was suspended five games for his weekend hit on...

Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman Deryk Engelland was suspended five games for his weekend hit on Detroit Red Wings forward Justin Abdekader. (QMI Agency file photo)

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, Last Updated: 4:14 PM ET

Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman Deryk Engelland will watch the next five games from the press box.

The NHL suspended Engelland for five games Wednesday after an in-person hearing concluded his actions Saturday night against the Detroit Red Wings warranted supplemental discipline.

Engelland, 31, was "recklessly picking (Justin Abdelkader's) head and making it the main point of contact" when he struck the Red Wings forward, the NHL said in a video explaining its decision. 

At the time of the first-period incident, Engelland was assessed a match penalty. Adbelkader had just chipped the puck into Pittsburgh's end when Engelland collided with him at the red line. 

Abdelkader had to be helped off the ice and is now nursing a concussion. 

Along with Abdelkader's health, Engelland's suspension history played a factor in landing on a five-game sentence. The bruising blueliner was banned for three games in 2011 for a head check.


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