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Flames' Lucic, Tkachuk form NHL's real life Itchy and Scratchy Show

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CALGARY – In a quiet corner of the Saddledome, Milan Lucic ponders the accusation.

“Did I hate Matthew Tkachuk?” he repeats, before breaking into a massive grin.

“It’s the nature of the game. It’s an emotional game. He likes to run his mouth a bit and be that pest-type of player. I played with a really effective one with Brad Marchand and you know how effective he can be as a teammate.”

After being on opposite sides of the Battle of Alberta for three seasons, Lucic and Tkachuk are about to join forces for what may end up being as entertaining a duo as Wayne and Garth, Jerry and George or even Cheech and Chong.

The real life Itchy and Scratchy Show could debut as early as Saturday night when Lucic’s former team, the Oilers, come to town to close out the preseason.

The formula will be simple: One lights fires all over the ice, the other helps snuff them out.

Smokey the Bandit and Smokey the Bear.

The Trouble Maker and the Widow Maker.

In many ways it may end up being Lucic’s raison d’etre – his motivation on........

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