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Tampa Bay not pleased with Brad Marchand licking Ryan Callahan: 'There is absolutely no place in our game for that'

Ryan Hannable
May 05, 2018 - 11:37 am

The Lightning are not pleased with Brad Marchand.

After licking Leo Komarov of Toronto in the first round of the playoffs, Marchand licked Ryan Callahan when the two were scuffling during Friday's Game 4 and Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper is not happy.

"All I'm going to say is there is absolutely no place in our game for that," Cooper told reporters after the game. "I don't get it, I don't understand it, I don't. How would you feel if I walked over to you right now and gave you one big lick? Right from the chin all the way up, there's just no place in the game for that."

Callahan said he didn't know the difference between licking someone’s face and spitting in it, but wouldn't say any more.

After being told what Callahan said, Marchand responded by saying to reporters, "That’s cute. Good for him.”

The NHL apparently spoke to the Bruins about Marchand's actions during the first round, but it's not clear yet if they took any action after Friday's incident.

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