Here we go again.
Brad Marchand has stirred up plenty of controversy during the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs, highlighted by an incident with Maple Leafs’ forward Leo Komarov in the Bruins’ opening game of the postseason.
In Game 1 of the first-round series, Marchand could be seen clearly licking Komarov on the neck while play was ongoing:
Brad Marchand out here licking dudes ???? ???? ???? pic.twitter.com/jiJ2NxbmmZ
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) April 13, 2018
When asked about it after that game, Marchand cracked a joke “He keeps trying to get close to me. I don’t know if he has a thing for me or what, but he’s cute.”
According to Hockey Night in Canada’s Elliotte Friedman and his 31 Thoughts” column, the league reached out to the Bruins after the incident:
“After Game 1 of the Toronto/Boston series, the Bruins got a, ‘We’d prefer if you could tell Brad Marchand to stop licking people’ phone call from the NHL.”
According to Marchand, however, that’s not quite what happened:
This is false
— Brad Marchand (@Bmarch63) April 27, 2018
Whether the NHL reached out to the Bruins and Marchand, that didn’t stop the pesky forward from resuming his antics in Game 4 against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday evening.
Marchand went low on veteran forward Ryan Callahan before appearing to lick him in the face:
Here’s the Marchand hit on Callahan pic.twitter.com/jfRFlKwZVH
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) May 5, 2018
Brad Marchand gives Ryan Callahan a lick pic.twitter.com/b2th9vdOwO
— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) May 5, 2018
Marchand’s latest antics stirred up plenty of discussion on social media, with many hockey fans claiming sexual harassment and asking for a suspension. It’s very likely we haven’t heard the end of this story.
The Bruins lost Game 4 in overtime and now trail the Lightning 3-1 in their best-of-seven second-round series.