Brad Marchand believes Abdelkader hit was accidental
Over the past fews days, the internet has been abuzz over who was to blame for the collision between Brad Marchand and Detroit's Justin Abdelkader Saturday night. While fans can debate back and forth over the incident, the fact of the matter is that no further disciplinary action has been taken against Abdelkader, and even Marchand himself believes it was an accident.
Marchand holds no ill will towards his Red Wings opponent, but understands why there was concern with the hit. He is also all too familiar with being accused of a dirty hit himself. Marchand's last suspension stemmed from a hit on Sami Salo in January 2012, which resulted in a five game suspension.