The NHL has told Brad Marchand to quit it with the licking.
Bruins wing Brad Marchand has decided he has no rules and will not be tamed by the NHL.
Last week, the league reached out to Marchand and asked him to stop licking his opponents. It seems like a pretty reasonable request.
However, Marchand tried to insist the league didn't actually reach out to him to say he should stop licking people. So the league had to come out and say that it told Marchand to stop licking people.
Well, the message didn't stick.
That's Tampa Bay's Ryan Callahan becoming the most recent victim of Marchand's tongue in Friday's Game 4.
The Lightning hold a 3-1 series lead after winning Game 4 over Boston 4-3 in overtime.
After the game, Callahan spoke about getting licked by Marchand and said, "I don't know what the difference is between that and spitting in someone's face," according Chris Johnston of Sportsnet.
Well the league has stepped in and licking will no longer be tolerated.
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
It's not just Marchand getting put on warning, though. It appears the NHL has made it clear to other teams that they shouldn't be getting an ideas from the Boston forward:
#nhljets and #preds were warned this morning that licking an opponent may result in a 10-minute misconduct. Rule 75.4 (iii): "Any player who persists in any course of conduct designed to incite an opponent into incurring a penalty." I can't believe this is a thing I am tweeting.— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) May 5, 2018
Hopefully, this is the end of the saga.