US team captain ejected from IIHF game for brutal flying head shot

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Team USA today crashed out of the IIHF Hockey World Championships, suffering a 4-3 defeat to the Czech Republic at the quarterfinals stage.

One of the defining moments of the game however came not with a goal but with a brutal shot from US team captain Justin Abdelkader.

With the game level at 1-1 after the first quarter, the Detroit Red Wings man did some levelling of his own as he took out Vladimir Sobotka.

The hit comes at around the 10 second mark as Abdelkader clearly leaves his feet to land a cheap shot on Sobotka's head, seemingly with his elbow.

The play was not initially called as a penalty, but with the Czech forward lying prone on the floor as the game continued around him, officials brought it back to confer. 

The US player received a five minute major and a charging misconduct call.

Abdelkader has already got into trouble once during this tournament, receiving a one-game suspension for kneeing an opponent during Team USA's game with Finland.

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