Marchand reportedly had been told by the league to stop such antics - Friday wasn't the first time Marchand attempted to lick an opponent as a way of taunting - although NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly denied that was the case last week when interviewed by USA Today.
Senior vice president of hockey operations Colin Campbell spoke to Marchand and Bruins general manager Don Sweeney on Saturday about Marchand's actions against Tampa Bay a night earlier.
"I don't know if there is discipline for spitting in someone's face". However, he added licking to his repertoire in the Game 1 of Boston's first round series with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
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"He punched me four times in the face, so", Marchand said. I don't know if there is discipline for spitting in someone's face.
After being told what Callahan said, Marchand responded by saying to reporters, "That's cute. But to me it's worse, if not the same".
Marchand was suspended five games for elbowing New Jersey Devils forward Marcus Johansson on January 23, and was fined $5,000 for cross-checking Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Andrew McDonald on April 1. "He just kept getting close".
"There is absolutely no place in our game for [licking]", Tampa Bay head coach Jon Cooper, struggling to find the flawless answer to the question, offered. "I don't understand it", said the Lightning coach. Once you start, it's tough to break that cycle, so I think we can probably expect about 4-5 more licks before these playoffs end. "Right from the chin all the way up, there's just no place in the game for that".