WILMINGTON — Brad Marchand, who was laid out on the ice Saturday night after a hit from Detroit’s Justin Abdelkader, spoke to reporters Tuesday for the first time since the game, and said the contact was accidental.
“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.”
Other notes from this morning’s practice:
Carl Soderberg skated on his own before practice. He’s still recovering from the ankle injury he suffered in the final preseason game in Saskatoon and has yet to practice with the team, which he’ll need to do before returning in a game. Coach Claude Julien called him “day-to-day.”
“The best I can say right now,” Julien said. “He’s skating. When I say day-to-day, he’s getting closer to practicing with us. And once he practices with us and I get the OK from our medical staff, we’ll move forward. So ‘day to day’ doesn’t mean necessarily tomorrow but he is progressing extremely well.”
The Bruins don’t intend for seventh defenseman Matt Bartkowski to sit forever, even though he’s been the odd man out in the first two games.
“I’ll be very honest with you guys, he’s not going to sit up there for a month,” Julien said. “That’s not going to happen.
“We’ve got some good young players that need to play, especially early in the year. You’ve got to give those guys opportunities to play. So when that’s going to happen, I’m not sure yet, but certainly don’t expect to see him in the stands for a whole month.”