Video: Panthers’ Barkov takes high hit from Abdelkader

02/08 9:12pm EST by THB Staff
Aleksander Barkov, Justin Abdelkader, Video

Aleksander Barkov was the recipient of a high hit from Detroit Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader on Monday night.

Barkov was playing the puck near the Panthers goal line and had his head down when Abdelkader caught the 20-year-old with a questionable hit.

Abdelkader was not penalized on the play.

Panthers defenseman Alex Petrovic received a minor penalty for cross checking while going after Abdelkader.

Barkov went to the Panthers room – presumably to undergo concussion protocol.

George Richards of the Miami Herald confirmed that Barkov was held out of the remainder of the game due to a possible concussion.

Richards added that Barkov would not play on Tuesday night when the Panthers visit the Buffalo Sabres.

Needless to say the Panthers were unhappy that there was no penalty call on Abdelkader.

Abdelkader has a history with the NHL’s department of player safety.

The 28-year-old was suspended for two games during the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs for his charge on Anahiem’s Toni Lydman.

Barkov is third on the Panthers in scoring with 16 goals and 35 points in 41 games.