Brad Marchand put his tongue on the face of at least two opponents in these playoffs, before the Lightning eliminated his Bruins in five games in the second round.
He appears to feel bad about what he’s done.
“The biggest thing for me is taking a pretty hard look in the mirror and realize that some of the things I’m doing have much bigger consequences,” he told reporters on Wednesday, now that his season’s over. “The last thing I ever want to do is bring embarrassment to my teammates and the organization like I did.”
Here’s what we know about the licking:
During the first round against the Maple Leafs, he did it to Leo Komarov:
And in the second round after leveling a hit that NBCSN analysts called “dirty” on Tampa Bay’s Ryan Callahan, Marchand was at it again. Callahan went after him to address a low-bridge check and got much more than he bargained for.
Marchand continues to.... lick players. pic.twitter.com/IyFmgDaNTJ— Shayna (@hayyyshayyy) May 5, 2018
Callahan was not amused.
“It’s unfortunate he goes that low to do that. I’m just surprised something isn’t done. Don’t know the difference between spitting in somebody’s face and licking him. To me, it’s worse, if not the same.” -- Callahan on Marchand licking him https://t.co/geeiTgcpHE— The Athletic (@TheAthleticTB) May 5, 2018
This wasn’t an entirely new thing.
ESPN reports that Marchand had made mouth-to-face contact with Komarov at least one other time this season — a “kiss,” the network said.
The NHL told Marchand to knock it off.
NHL’s Colin Campbell spoke with Boston’s Brad Marchand and GM Don Sweeney today. 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.— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) May 5, 2018
Earlier, Marchand, on Twitter, said these talks were not happening:
After the Komarov licking, March responded to a couple of media outlets who’d run with the story after the Komarov incident like this.
Marchand has a reputation as an agitator. He sometimes pushes the line — and crosses it, really — between clean and dirty hits like the one on Callahan. But licking is new.