Marchand to receive 'cease and don't lick' edict

Marchand to receive 'cease and don't lick' edict

In the second period of Friday's Game 4 matchup between the Bruins and Lightning, Marchand found himself tangled up with Tampa Bay forward Ryan Callahan a with the pesky Boston winger eventually licking Callahan right in the face.

Marchand, 29, and Bruins general manager Don Sweeney spoke Saturday with NHL Senior Executive Vice President Colin Campbell.

In the wake of Friday's Game 4, the scene of Marchand's second such display of PDA in the first two rounds of Boston's playoff run, the National Hockey League served notice to players - and the Bruins heel, specifically - to keep their tongues to themselves or face consequences.

Told that Callahan compared licking to spitting and said it should be penalized accordingly, Marchand said: "That's cute".

The Toronto Maple Leafs also complained about the tactic during their first-round series with Boston. "I just wanted to get close to him", Marchand said after the Komarov incident. "So I don't know if he has a thing for me or what".

The game was tied 2-2 at the time of Marchand-Callahan incident. Callahan later shoved Marchand's face and Marchand responded by sticking out his tongue and licking Callahan. "But for me it's worse, if not the same".

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. These both came after Marchand tallied game-winning goals.

"All I'm going to say is there is absolutely no place in our game for that. I don't understand it", said the Lightning coach.

"How would you feel if I walked over to you right now and just gave you one big lick from the chin all the way up?"

When asked about the incident after the game, Marchand told reporters that he "just wanted to get close to" Komarov.

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