NHL: Brad Marchand Must Stop Licking Opponents

Bruins forward Brad Marchand

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After his second incident of the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs, the National Hockey League has issued a "cease and don't lick" edict to Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand.

While Callahan approached Marchan with the usual hits, shouting, and helmet bashing, Marchand stuck out his tongue and proceeded to lick Callahan on the face.

"I don't know what the difference is between that and spitting in someone's face", Callahan told Sportsnet's Chris Johnston.

The lick sparked a huge debate online on whether or not he should be suspended for the act.

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This isn't the first time that Marchand has used his mouth on his opponents. It is now the second player Marchand licks during this post-season after doing the same to Toronto's Leo Komarov in the first round. I defended him with that the first time, but now we've reached the point where I think he's physically addicted to licking his opponents.

However, Marchand tried to insist the league didn't actually reach out to him to say he should stop licking people. "He keeps trying to get close to me. I don't know if he has a thing for me or what, but he's cute", said Komarov at the time.

After the game, a 4-3 Bruins' loss in overtime, Marchand was asked about his reasoning for getting up close and personal with Callahan. "I don't know if there is discipline for spitting in someone's face. But to me it's worse, if not the same". "If I'm not mistaken, spitting in a game misconduct, if not gross".

The latest licking incident was the talk of the league on Saturday, for current and former players. "I don't get it, I don't understand it". Jets forward Adam Lowry said he probably would've punched Marchand - the kind of response the known instigator likely was looking for - while coach Paul Maurice said, "It gives me the willies". These both came after Marchand tallied game-winning goals. "There's just no place in the game for that". I don't get it.

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