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Bruins’ Marchand not upset about Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader’s hit

Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader and Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand were involved in a plain old weird collision this past Saturday, and while Marchand wasn't hurt, the collision received a review and an, "It was accidental" ruling from the Department of Player Safety.

According to the Boston Herald's Steve Conroy, Marchand doesn't exactly plan on plowing Abdelkader into the boards in retaliation when the Wings and Bruins tangle again in a Columbus Day matinee (Monday's rematch starts at 1 PM EDT):

Brad Marchand said he had no problem with the high hit he took from the Detroit Red Wings' Justin Abdelkader on Saturday night.

In the second period of the Bruins 4-1 win over the Wings, Abdelkader collided with Marchand in the slot in the Bruins' zone. At first it looked like a bad hit because Abdelkader left his feet and hit Marchand up high. Marchand stayed down on the ice for a while before leaving under his own power and going to the dressing room briefly. He missed one shift and then finished the game.

Late Saturday night, the NHL ruled that the hit was accidental – and Marchand had no beef with that.

“He was coming through the slot and saw me at their last second,” said Marchand. “He was trying to protect himself and I have no hard feelings.”

Take two, per the Boston Globe's Amalie Benjamin:

"He did jump, for sure, there’s no doubt about it," said the Bruins winger. "But it’s a reaction thing, guys do things to protect themselves. That’s how it goes. I don’t think he intentionally tried to hurt me or anything like that."

Marchand was on the ice for a while before skating off under his own power. He was then helped into the dressing room, and missed one shift. But Marchand finished the game, and has practiced the last two days.

"I never expected anything to come out of that, I wouldn’t want anything to come out of that," Marchand said. "It was an accident, just how it goes."

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