The Lightning had some strong words about Brad Marchand's apparent licking

The Lightning had some strong words about Brad Marchand's apparent licking

The Lightning had some strong words about Brad Marchand's apparent licking

If you thought a request from the NHL and scorn from many around the league would stop Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand from unleashing another tongue lashing an opponent, you'd be wrong.

The league says Marchand has been put on notice that his actions are unacceptable and that similar behavior in the future will be dealt with through supplemental discipline.

After the game, Callahan spoke about getting licked by Marchand and said, "I don't know what the difference is between that and spitting in someone's face", according Chris Johnston of Sportsnet.

During the first playoff round, Marchand also licked Toronto Maple Leafs centre Leo Komarov. Like I said, I'm just surprised that something isn't done.

"He punched me four times in the face", Marchand said.

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After Marchand licked Komarov, there were initial reports that the National Hockey League had politely asked the Bruins to please stop licking people.

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. He was suspended five games earlier this season for elbowing the Devils' Marcus Johansson, a ban that bridged the NHL's All-Star break in Tampa where Marchand, allowed to participate in the festivities, was heartily booed and embraced his villain roll, repeatedly egging on the crowd. "But to me it's worse, if not the same".

"All I'm going to say is there is absolutely no place in our game for that", Cooper told reporters after the game. "I don't understand it", said the Lightning coach. "Right from the chin all the way up, there's just no place in the game for that".

"I just said to him, "I could kiss you right now.' His visor was in the way", Marchand said, grinning".

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