Brad Marchand calls face-licking protest ‘cute,’ but NHL says it must stop


As Brad Marchand continues tongue lashing his opponents, his newest sufferer says it’s time the Bruins agitator was penalized for his actions.

And the NHL appears to agree.

On Saturday, the NHL’s deputy commissioner Invoice Daly mentioned the league will inform the Bruins that Marchand’s face-licking antics must stop.

“Sure, we shall be speaking with the membership. We do not count on it to occur once more,” he instructed ESPN in an e mail.

The league confirmed by way of Twitter that they spoke the Bruins GM Don Sweeney, in addition to Marchand, concerning the incidents and that supplemental self-discipline shall be handed out if it occurs once more.

Callahan says it’s worse, if not the identical, as spitting

Ryan Callahan was the newest participant to have his face licked by Marchand, in the course of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 4-Three extra time win in Recreation Four in Boston on Friday.

“It is unlucky that he goes that low to try this, but would not take us off our sport,” Callahan mentioned. “Hopefully, the league seems at it. I do not know if there may be self-discipline for spitting in somebody’s face, but to me it’s worse, if not the identical.”

Marchand bought up shut and private with Callahan after a whistle with 1:21 left within the second interval, then leaned in and tried to lick Callahan’s face. The Lightning ahead pushed him away.

“He punched me 4 instances within the face,” Marchand mentioned. “He simply saved getting shut. Nothing large.”

The Toronto Maple Leafs additionally complained concerning the tactic throughout their first-round sequence with Boston.

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Instructed that Callahan in contrast licking to spitting and mentioned it needs to be penalized accordingly, Marchand mentioned, “That is cute. Good for him.”

Oddly sufficient, Callahan was requested earlier than the sequence started what he would do if one thing like this occurred.

“I do not know, I suppose we’ll see if he licks me,” Callahan mentioned.

After the sport, Lightning coach Jon Cooper expressed his frustration with the incident, telling reporters there may be “no place in our sport for that.”



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