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Why did Brad Marchand lick Leo Komarov in Game 1?

Brad Marchand had a goal and an assist Thursday.
Brad Marchand had a goal and an assist Thursday.Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Bruins left wing Brad Marchand is never afraid to try and get under an opponent’s skin. In Game 1 of the Bruins’ Stanley Cup Playoffs series against the Maple Leafs Thursday, Marchand attempted just that.

The 29-year-old utilized what can best be described as an unorthodox method of trying to take Maple Leafs forward Leo Komarov out of his game. In the midst of some standard pushing and shoving, Marchand drew close to Komarov and appeared to lick him.

Marchand explained what he was trying to do on Thursday.

“I was trying to get into his head,” Marchand said. “He kept coming after me after whistles and stuff like that every time he was going to the bench. I just thought that if he wanted to keep touching me and that we were going to get a little closer, then he might want to.”


Komarov did his best to not be distracted by Marchand. By that point in the game, Marchand was already on the board with Boston’s first postseason goal in 2018, which gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead. He also contributed an assist in the second period on David Pastrnak’s goal.

“He keeps trying to get close to me. I don’t know if he’s got a thing for me or what. But he’s cute,” Marchand said.

Marchand and Komarov have a bit of a history. During a game in November, Marchand appeared to attempt to plant a kiss on Komarov’s cheek. Asked about it afterward, Komarov said, “I kind of liked it.”

Hayden Bird can be reached at hayden.bird@globe.com. Follow him on twitter at @haydenhbird.