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Sticks and stones

Darcy Tucker has some nerve complaining about Sean Avery running his mouth. Yes, Avery is a super pest, but at least he does it in an acceptable way.

He will talk trash until your ears are bleeding or purposely bump into opposing players every time he skates to the bench. But he's not out to injure people. He doesn't hit guys from behind or use his stick as a weapon. He's one of the few respectable agitators that will actually drop the gloves and back up his words. You'd never see Claude Lemieux do that.

Tucker really should clean up his own act before pointing the finger at others. "High sticks and elbows thrown will break my bones, but names will never hurt me."

Brian Chiandusse, Mahwah, N.J.

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