Report: NHL Asked Bruins' Brad Marchand to Stop Licking Opponents

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistApril 27, 2018

TORONTO, ON - APRIL 19:  Brad Marchand #63 of the Boston Bruins waits for a puck drop against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game Four of the Eastern Conference First Round in the 2018 Stanley Cup play-offs at the Air Canada Centre on April 19, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Bruins defeated the Maple Leafs 3-1. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Brad Marchand
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Here's something Gary Bettman and Co. probably never thought they'd have to do: Ask a player to stop licking other players. 

According to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman, the NHL gave Boston Bruins wing Brad Marchand a call to tell him to keep his tongue to himself. No joke.

During the first-round series between the Bruins and the Toronto Maple Leafs, NBC cameras caught Marchand licking Maple Leafs center Leo Komarov:

The nine-year veteran would later comment on the situation, via Boston.com's Mark Dunphy:

With Boston defeating Toronto in seven games, Tampa Bay Lightning players now have to be on alert. Imagine if the NHL had to hand out a fine or suspension for excessive roughing licking.

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