Brad Marchand on Licking Opponents: 'I've Got to Cut That S--t Out'

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistMay 9, 2018

TAMPA, FL - MAY 06:  Brad Marchand #63 of the Boston Bruins looks on during Game Five of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena on May 6, 2018 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand acknowledged the need to change his on-ice antics Wednesday.

When asked about his penchant for licking opponents, Marchand said, "I've got to cut that s--t out," according to Anthony Gulizia of Boston Sports Journal.

The Tampa Bay Lightning eliminated Marchand and the Bruins in the second round of the NHL playoffs with a 3-1 win in Sunday's Game 5.

The most recent example of Marchand's licking an opponent came in Game 4 when he did it to Ryan Callahan.

Previously, Marchand licked Toronto Maple Leafs forward and fellow agitator Leo Komarov in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.

Last week, ESPN.com's Greg Wyshynski reported that NHL Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell told Marchand to stop licking.

Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy later called for Marchand to knock it off as well, per Jimmy Hascup of USA Today.

While Marchand's unorthodox methods often take center stage, he is among the NHL's most talented offensive players and has back-to-back 85-point campaigns to his credit.

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