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Fan trolls Brad Marchand over licking controversy by donning dog cone (vid)

One of the most prominent — and patently absurd and off-the-wall — story lines thus far in the Stanley Cup Playoffs is the controversy surrounding Boston Bruins star Brad Marchand’s apparent propensity to lick or nuzzle opponents.

Well, a fan presumably who backs the Tampa Bay Lightning fan came up with a brilliant way to savagely troll Marchand over his outrageous antics.

At some point during Game 5 of the Lightning-Bruins Eastern Conference semifinal series Amalie Arena on Sunday, the fan was spotted wearing a makeshift Marchand jersey … and rocking a dog cone, otherwise known as the “Cone of Shame” in pet owner circles.

Well, that would be one way to curtail Marchand’s licking habit, that’s for sure.

The entire saga began during the Bruins’ first-round series against the Toronto Maple Leafs when Marchand appeared to lick — or at the very least get up close and personal — Leo Komarov.

The NHL reportedly warned Marchand in the aftermath of the incident.

Then, after Marchand licked the face of Lightning forward Ryan Callahan in Game 4 of the semis, the NHL issued a statement over the weekend indicating the Bruins winger’s habit of licking opponents would have been “dealt with by way of supplemental discipline” should it have happened again this postseason.

Marchand was as impressed with the NHL’s stern warning as the league was with his licking habit.

“I think it’s pretty stupid,” Marchand said. “The whole situation. If that’s what they want to do, then that’s what they want to do.”

The entire matter is of course all academic now as the Bruins were eliminated from the postseason courtesy of Sunday’s 3-1 loss to the Lightning in Game 5. That said, odds are good the NHL will closely monitor Marchand next season for any bizarre behavior  in case a few months off does not help him kick the licking habit.