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Puck Headlines: Rucchin eyes retirement, Devils are tickety-boo

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Here are your Afternoon Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media.

• After injuring a nerve in his eye, Steve Rucchin considers retirement. Heaven just lost a gritty, fourth-line pain in the posterior. [Sun Media]

• Devils Coach Brent Sutter is asked how he's doing, and replies that "Everything is tickety-boo." Meanwhile, Marty Brodeur reviews "The Ruins": "It was terrible. There were vines growing inside of people." So this is what happens when you're one loss away from seeing the Rangers kick your season to the curb like a rusty beer can ... [Fire & Ice]

• Speaking of the Rangers, they and MSG/Cablevision agreed to "implement a specific action plan based on the recommendations" made in a meeting with gay-rights advocacy groups, following criticism of the homophobic atmosphere at games. Out: "Homo Larry" chants. In: Pregame showings of "The Birdcage" on the MSG Jumbotron. [Slap Shot]

• What's the tougher challenge for the Predators: Beating Detroit for a third straight time, or actually winning a playoff game in Motown? Because, by my math, they're going to have to win one at some point. [Nashville City Paper]

• A guy named Raffy Boudjikanian is a self-proclaimed hockey doofus. And a great Junior Jumble puzzle. [Montreal Sportlight]

• Awesome: A Grand Forks restaurant named "Boston's" changes its name to "Anybody But Boston" after North Dakota lost to Boston College in the NCAA tournament. [The Dakota Student]

• Finally, which team currently down in its series has the best shot at rallying for a win? Waiting for Stanley believes it's the Flames. Sorry, San Jose -- Zanstorm has spoken! [Waiting for Stanley]

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