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Justin Abdelkader Is Ready For Round 2

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ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 12: Justin Abdelkader #8 of the Detroit Red Wings celebrates a goal in the first period against the Anaheim Ducks in Game Seven of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center on May 12, 2013 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 12: Justin Abdelkader #8 of the Detroit Red Wings celebrates a goal in the first period against the Anaheim Ducks in Game Seven of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center on May 12, 2013 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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By: Mike Stone

He was definitely missed during his two game suspension in round one, but Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader said the plan was not for his return to be the difference in his team’s game 6 and 7 win over the Anaheim Ducks. “It just kind of worked out that way and I was glad to contribute in a way,” he told Stoney and Bill Tuesday morning.

Abdelkader’s shorthanded goal that gave the Wings a 2-0 game 7 lead was satisfying, but it did not pass his NCAA championship game winner for Michigan State in 2008. “Sunday’s goal was important, but scoring a championship goal with less than 20 seconds left is tough to beat.”

He admitted that Anaheim’s Corey Perry is kind of a jerk on the ice. As far as who will be Chicago’s Corey Perry, “I don’t think they have a Corey Perry, but Dave Bolland is a guy who will get under your skin.”

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