Justin Abdelkader Is Ready For Round 2

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.”

  • http://thehockeywriters.com/detroit-red-wings-round-one-player-report-cards/ Detroit Red Wings Round 1 Player Report Cards

    […] Justin Abdelkader 2-1-3: B+. He’s proved, beyond a doubt, his value to the Red Wings. Playing on the top line with Zetterberg and Datsyuk he did exactly what was expected of him. Despite his two-game suspension he led the team in hits with 18, did the necessary dirty work in the corners, screened the goaltender, and scored some timely goals. He also proved he can keep up with top-line opposition in the playoffs. […]

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