Brad Marchand Licks Ryan Callahan in 2nd Period of Lightning-Bruins Game 4

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistMay 5, 2018

BOSTON, MA - MAY 2: Brad Marchand #63 of the Boston Bruins disputes a slashing call during the second period of Game Three of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Tampa Bay Lightning at TD Garden on May 2, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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For the second straight series, Boston Bruins winger Brad Marchand has licked an opponent. 

During Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Friday night, Marchand appeared to lick Tampa Bay Lightning winger Ryan Callahan in the midst of a dustup that was precipitated by Marchand's low-bridge hit late in the second period.

NHL on NBC showed a still image of the altercation:

Mrachand offered insight into what led to the encounter after the game, per Mike Petraglia of CLNS:

Marchand engaged in similar antics during the Bruins' first-round series against the Toronto Maple Leafs when he licked Leo Komarov.

"I thought he wanted to cuddle. I just wanted to get close to him," Marchand said at the time, according to ESPN.com's Emily Kaplan. "He keeps trying to get close to me. I don't know if he's got a thing for me or what. He's cute."

Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reported that the NHL contacted the Bruins and asked if they could "tell Brad Marchand to stop licking people." 

A league spokesman confirmed that report to ESPN.com's Greg Wyshynski, but NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly later told USA Today the league never contacted the Bruins regarding Marchand's antics. 

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