I guess they really are a lot nicer in Canada? Boston Bruins left wing and Canada native Brad Marchand has developed an atypical way of dealing with an escalating fight with his Toronto Maple Leafs rival Leo Komarov: tender kisses, licking, and sniffing? Yup.
Last night, during the opening game of their Stanley Cup Playoffs series, things got a little tense between Marchand and Komarov. As Komarov got in Marchand's face—instead of throwing gloves and socking the hell out of him—Marchand decided to get really close to Komarov's face and get, well, intimate:
"I just thought that if he wanted to keep touching me, then we were going to get a little closer than he may want to," Marchand said after the game. Marchand is a notorious troll, and this is not the first time he's opted to make love instead of war with Komarov. Back in November, Marchand and Komarov got real close again, and Marchand went in for a less-intimate peck:
It seems that Marchand's overture didn't have the intended effect back then...or maybe it did. Here's what Komarov said after the game in November:
Fairly classy move.
At the end of the night, the Leafs ended up getting another sweet kiss—of death, that is—as Boston dispatched them 5-1 and took a 1-0 series lead. I'm curious to find out what Marchand has for Komarov next—maybe some Blistex?
This article originally appeared on VICE Sports US.