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The NHL has reportedly asked Brad Marchand to stop licking opponents

Darren Dreger is reporting the league is stepping in after his latest antic.

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Boston Bruins at Tampa Bay Lightning Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

If you somehow haven’t heard about Brad Marchand licking another player, this time Tampa Bay’s Ryan Callahan, I don’t know where you have been. This time it was after a big hit, and there was nothing borderline or room for interpretation this time. Brad Marchand straight up licked Callahan’s face. The internet reacted like the internet does, and now we are being told via a tweet from Darren Dreger that the NHL has had enough of the licking.

Others previously reported the league called the Bruins about his antics, which he then personally discredited via his personal Twitter.

This time, it’s probably fair to assume the league is taking a stand as the amount of publicity around this can’t be a good look for the league, already amidst a near historically rough showing by their officials.

Update: ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski has confirmed that Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly has stepped in.

Update: The league itself has weighed in, saying supplemental discipline is somehow on the table, despite the rule book not explicitly saying it is against the rules.