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Reports: The era of Brad Marchand's tongue is really over

Sara Civian
May 05, 2018 - 1:48 pm

It's the end of an era loved by some, hated by many, and weird all around. Brad Marchand can't lick his opponents anymore, and this time the rumors are true.

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told ESPN's Greg Wyshynski via email that league officials will be contacting the Bruins after Marchand licked Ryan Callahan in Game 4.

"Yes, we will be communicating with the Club," Daly told ESPN. "We don't expect it to happen again." 

"All I'm going to say is there is absolutely no place in our game for that," Lightning coach Jon Cooper told reporters after the game. "I don't get it, I don't understand it, I don't. How would you feel if I walked over to you right now and gave you one big lick? Right from the chin all the way up, there's just no place in the game for that."

After Marchand heard Callahan compare licking someone's face to spitting in it, he said "That's cute. Good for him."

Marchand wasn't penalized in-game for it, or for his first post-season lick to Leo Komarov's face in Game 1 of the Bruins' series with Toronto. There were reports the league told the Bruins to tell him to stop after that, but Daly and Marchand denied them. 

"NHL’s Colin Campbell spoke with Boston’s Brad Marchand and GM Don Sweeney today," NHL public relations tweeted. "The League put the player on notice that his actions last night are unacceptable and similar behavior in the future will be dealt with by way of supplemental discipline."

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