Marchand OK after getting kneed in head

December, 8, 2013
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BOSTON -- Forward Brad Marchand was all smiles after the Boston Bruins' 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins Saturday night at TD Garden.

When asked if he had an opinion on being kneed in the head by the Penguins' James Neal at 11:06 of the first period, all Marchand said was: "No."

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Jared Wickerham/Getty ImagesBrad Marchand got kneed in the head by James Neal.
After the game it was announced that Neal will have a discipline hearing for the incident.

Marchand was asked if he saw the replay.

"No."

Did he think it was intentional?

"I don't know, it happened quick."

Marchand remained on the ice after the knee to the head, was tended to by a trainer, exited the ice and went to the room. He was back on the bench shortly.

When ask if he was injured on the play, he said: "I can't comment on this, guys; I know you guys were already told, I can't comment. You know I want to, but I can't."

Neal had his take on the situation.

"I was skating by him, I haven't like seen the replay or anything, so I mean I hit him in the head with my leg or my foot or my knee or shin area, I don't know," Neal said. "But I mean he's already going down and I guess I need to try to avoid him, but I have to look at it again. I haven't gotten a chance to look at it."

Neal was pressed further.

"I mean, what do you want me to say? That I was trying to hit him? No. I'm going by him; I don't get out of the way, like I said. I need to be more careful and I guess get my knee out of the way, but I'm not trying to hit him in the head or injure him or anything like that."

Joe McDonald

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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