This is not the first time Marchand has behaved inappropriately toward Komarov on the ice. During a confrontation in a game on November 11, 2017, Marchand kissed Komarov on the cheek.
After the game, Komarov was asked about Marchand’s attempt “to get under [his] skin” and if it bothered him. Komarov said no and joked, “I kind of liked it.”
Marchand received no penalties for the kiss, but now that he has begun licking opponents, the NHL has put Marchand on notice, releasing a statement after Game 4 “that his actions last night are unacceptable and similar behavior in the future will be dealt with by way of supplemental discipline.”
Meanwhile, according to The Associated Press, Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy had a piece of advice for Marchand on Sunday. “If part of his M.O. is to annoy people, find a different way to annoy them. Preferably by scoring some goals, that would be the best way.”