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WATCH: Detroit Red Wings’ Justin Abdelkader gets face pounded

Friday night, the Detroit Red Wings took on the New York Islanders and things got messy. Forward Justin Abdelkader got into a scuffle that resulted in his face getting pounded thanks to referee interference. Here, just watch:

On top of the fight, Abs delivered offensively as well, getting an assist on Darren Helm‘s heads-up goal in the third period, which put the Wings up 4-2. Abdelkader has 22 points on the season with eight goals in 46 games.

Anthony Mantha kicked things off with a goal early in the first, assisted by captain Henrik Zetterberg. It was a pretty point right in the five hole.

Zetterberg would go on to score late in the first for an early 3-0 lead for Detroit. But it was a wild third period. With Petr Mrazek getting the start again tonight, the goaltender gave up Detroit’s 3-1 lead in the third. After 60 minutes of play, the game headed into overtime tied 6-6. That’s right, there were eight goals in the third period. Certainly, something you don’t see every day.

In the end, the Red Wings lost 7-6 in overtime. Mrazek faced 28 shots and stopped just 22, for a .786 save percentage this game. With 39 shots on goal from the Wings and six goals, this should have been an easy victory for the team. Instead, the loss brings Detroit’s record to 22-23-9.

As the trade deadline looms near (Monday, February 26), we’re still waiting to see which moves the Wings will make, if any moves. Based on the team’s record, it looks like they’re sellers this season. So it’s likely we’ll see some movement in the coming weeks. Odds are Mike Green, who netted the tying goal and an assist in tonight’s game, is the first to go.

Next, Detroit takes on the Washington Capitals on the road Sunday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. (ET). So, we can add another to the loss column.

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WATCH: Detroit Red Wings’ Justin Abdelkader gets face pounded


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