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Lightning want Brad Marchand punished for hit - and lick - of Ryan Callahan

07 May 2018

The 25-year-old forward was a physical presence, landing a big hit on David Backes midway through the frame that sent the Bruins forward hurtling to the ice. David Krejci got one past Andrei Vasilevskiy on a power play.

A week ago at this time, the Bruins held a 1-0 lead in their best-of-seven series with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Boston Bruins had a very good season, but I feel that it will come to an end today. They've also bought more time to rest up and prepare for the victor of Pittsburgh-Washington, a series the Caps now lead 3-2 but could very easily be decided in a seventh game. The Bolts close it out tonight and then wait for the victor of the Washington/ Pittsburgh series. Anton Stralman's empty-netter put victory out of reach for Boston.

It's not every day, that you hear about a player licking another player during a game. But Marchand stood out with his subpar performance in the do-or-die situation, finishing with zero shots, a minus-2 rating, and a handful of bad decisions with the puck on his stick.

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Bruins top-line winger Brad Marchand is most certainly under a watchful eye from the National Hockey League.

Game 5 between the Lightning and the Bruins is Sunday afternoon in Tampa Bay.

The Boston Bruins scored the only goal of the first period. Nikita Kucherov grabbed him from behind, hauled him down and the puck squirted to J.T. Miller who set up Steven Stamkos for a one-timer and the tying goal with 7:04 left in the third period. "Of course they weren't going to give up that game just like that". They haven't quit all year and I don't expect for them to start now. "I think it woke us up a little bit". Brayden Point tied the score after collecting a free puck in front of Tuukka Rask and beating the Bruins' netminder with a backhand shot.

And if Marchand or anyone did, the enormous defenseman says he doesn't know how he'd react.

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They have a lot to be proud of, though.

Marchand licked Lightning forward Ryan Callahan on the facial skin during Game 4 in these second-round Stanley Cup playoff series after appearing to perform the same to Toronto's Leo Komarov throughout the first round. Second, the refs called an absolute awful uneven game.

A last-minute desperation surge for the Bruins in the third period gave them the ultimate advantage in some possession stats, but the reality is they spent too much of Game 5 stifled. Marchand finished the game without a shot on goal, while Bergeron had just three. We shall see. They really need to get their offense going as they have scored just six goals in their last three games, after putting up 13 goals in their previous two games. The Jets lead that series 3-2 heading into tonight's Game 6.

Meanwhile, the Bruins team doctor has announced that Torey Krug is out for the remainder series.

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Lightning want Brad Marchand punished for hit - and lick - of Ryan Callahan