Stop licking opponents, National Hockey League tells Bruins' forward Brad Marchand

Stop licking opponents, National Hockey League tells Bruins' forward Brad Marchand

Stop licking opponents, National Hockey League tells Bruins' forward Brad Marchand

For the second time this postseason Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand was caught licking the face of an opposing player.

Unlike in their first-round series against the Toronto Maple Leafs, where they were on the other end of a three games to one series lead, the Bruins dug themselves too big of a hole against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 2. The Bruins have dominated long stretches of this series but do not have the results to back it up. Tyler Johnson "speared" Zdeno Chara and while it was a closer call than Acciari's, I think Chara went down a little easier than normal, but I could be wrong, I usually am about most things. He has put up 52 goals and 183 assists for 183 career points in 235 career games.

No matter how you slice it, it is a large obstacle to overcome for the Bruins to climb out of this 3-1 series hole.

The 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs may always be remembered for licking, which is an embarrassment both for Marchand and the National Hockey League as a whole. During the regular season, he was 34-19 with a 2.36 GAA and a.917 save percentage overall, including 13-10 with a 2.51 GAA and a.915 save percentage on the road.

Boston has been very good on offense during the postseason so far as they rank 2nd in scoring at 3.64 gpg, while also ranking 11th in shots taken (31.8 spg) and 1st in power play conversions, converting on 36.7% of their chances. They've allowed the first goal in the last three games and given up the first two in the last two. Krug crashed heavily into the boards while racing against Tampa Bay F Alex Killorn for a loose puck in Game 4. Tampa's 3-1 victory propels the team to its third Eastern Conference Final appearance in four seasons.

Tampa Bay came out of the gate ready to play and Boston looked to be on their heels. Boston played without D Torey Krug, who injured his left ankle during Game 4. It was his 2nd of the playoffs.

The Bolts tied it up in the middle of the second period on a goal by Brayden Point, then took the lead when J.T. Miller scored on a power-play goal.

The Sharks need to win at home Sunday if they are going to stay alive against the Golden Knights.

Following an ugly loss in Game 1, Vasilevskiy has bounced back to win three straight and post a.926 save percentage and 1.97 GAA.

Knights defenseman Colin Miller played with Marchand in Boston and said he was a good teammate. He had four blocked shots an assist on Krejci's goal.

Later in the day, the Bruins broke more bad news regarding Krug. "There's just no place in the game for that".

The Lightning erased Boston's one-goal first-period lead with a pair of second-period tallies, ultimately sealing the deal late in the third with an empty-netter. Brad Marchand has been warned by the National Hockey League to stop licking opponents and defenseman Torey Krug is out of the lineup with an ankle injury.

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