Brad Marchand Gives Hilarious Explanation For Licking Leo Komarov’s Face

BOSTON — Brad Marchand has been known to get under people’s skin, but he took a slightly different approach Thursday night.

During the Boston Bruins’ 5-1 win in Game 1 of their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Toronto Maple Leafs, the B’s star got into a little kerfluffle with Leafs center Leo Komarov.

The two, of course, have a history, with Marchand trying to plant a kiss on the Finnish center back in November.

Well, Thursday night at TD Garden wasn’t much different.

After Komarov shoved Marchand into the boards, the two invaded each other’s space and Marchand elected to lick (!) Komarov’s neck.

Here’s a video of the romantic moment:

After the game, Marchand gave a classic Marchand explanation for the move.

“I thought he wanted to cuddle,” Marchand joked. “I was just trying to get close to him.”

The star winger then admitted to playing mind games.

“I was just trying to get into his head,” Marchand said. “He kept coming at me after whistles.”

Komarov, on the other hand, didn’t want to get into it.

“Honestly, I don’t know what happened and it doesn’t really matter either,” Komarov said. “It’s a new game Saturday, and we go from there.”

If the center continues to try and antagonize Marchand there might be a little more licking or kissing in Game 2.

Honestly, after Nazem Kadri’s brutal hit on Tommy Wingels, the series could use a little more love.

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