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Lightning Mascot Attacked By Bruins Fan After Prank At NHL Game (VIDEO)

01/19/2012 11:52 am ET | Updated Jan 20, 2012

The mascot for the Tampa Bay Lightning is named ThunderBug. Among his hobbies listed on the Lightning's website are "Playing Pranks on Southeast Division NHL Teams, & Lighting Up Someone's Day."

It seems that ThunderBug may have gotten those two pastimes confused when he attempted to light up the day of a fan by playing a prank. Fortunately, the fan took the prank in stride and laughed off the exchange.

Or not. The fan attacked the mascot and was escorted out of the arena.

ThunderBug got a bigger rise than he anticipated on Tuesday night when he snuck up on a fan rooting for the visiting Bruins and began spraying him with silly string. The fan's immediate reaction was to chase after the mascot and shove him, which, not surprisingly, resulted in him being kicked out of the arena.

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We imagine the man was less than pleased while listening to his Bruins fall to the Lightning 5-3 from outside the confines of the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Did the mascot go too far by spraying string all over the unsuspecting paying fan? Or does this guy need to learn how to take a joke?

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