Bruins Wing Brad Marchand Refuses to Stop Licking Opponents

Posted May 06, 2018

Brad Marchand #63 of the Boston Bruins looks on during Game Two of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena on April 30, 2018 in Tampa, Florida.

Ryan Callahan was the latest player to have his face licked by Marchand, during the Tampa Bay Lightning's 4-3 overtime win in Game 4 in Boston on Friday. Callahan later shoved Marchand's face and Marchand responded by sticking out his tongue and licking Callahan.

"I don't know if there is discipline for spitting in someone's face".

Marchand was suspended five games for elbowing New Jersey Devils forward Marcus Johansson on January 23, and was fined $5,000 for cross-checking Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Andrew McDonald on April 1. Instead, he made a decision to lick his opponent on the face - and not for the first time.

In the Bruins' first-round series against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Marchand received a lot of attention after being caught on camera licking Leo Komarov.

"I thought he wanted to cuddle".

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"He punched me four times in the face, so", Marchand said. "He just kept getting close. I don't know if he has a thing for me or what, but he's cute", said Komarov at the time.

The NHL allegedly told the supervisor of officiating for that series to communicate its displeasure to Marchand after that incident, but both Daly and Marchand denied he was warned. He's so far gone now that we actually have people discussing whether he should get penalized for this. "But to me it's worse, if not the same".

The NHL's threat of supplemental discipline should be enough to curtail such behavior for the rest of the playoffs. The quirky incident led to laughs from observers around the league, who mostly agreed with Nazem Kadri's assessment that "it was uncomfortable to watch". "I don't get it, I don't understand it. I know he's trying to get into an opponent's head", said Penguins center Riley Sheahan.

Washington Capitals center Jay Beagle was asked if he ever considered licking another player.

For his part, Marchand insisted Callahan had it coming.

The incident took place during Game 4 of the Boston Bruins' second-round National Hockey League playoff game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, following an exciting frenzy on the ice.