Detroit Red Wings grinder Justin Abdelkader dropped his gloves to defend a teammate Tuesday night against the Montreal Canadiens.
Alexei Emelin of the Canadiens drilled Red Wings rookie prodigy Dylan Larkin into the boards with a legal hit despite it being considered dirty. (SLIDESHOW: This NHL Player’s Girlfriend Is A Sexy Model Almost Too Hot To Handle)
Abdelkader, who has a long history of being one of the toughest guys in the NHL, skated over and started throwing punches to defend the young rookie. (PHOTOS: NHL Player’s Biggest Score Might Be His Smoking Hot Girlfriend)
Larkin appeared very appreciative of the former Michigan State hero coming to his defense.
“I was happy to see Abby. It speaks to the kind of guy he is.” – Dylan Larkin on Justin Abdelkader, who came to his defense on Emelin hit.
— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) March 30, 2016
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