Ain't it the tooth

SCOTT FISHER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:05 AM ET

Lightning can strike the same place twice.

In fact, if you're Paul Postma, it can happen three times.

The Calgary defenceman has had a miserable run of luck against the Hurricanes, who the Hitmen play tonight in Lethbridge (7 p.m., The Fan 960).

It all started last spring when he took a puck in the face against the 'Canes.

"I was trying to keep a puck in (the zone), and I took it right in the mouth," Postma said. "I lost one of my front (top) teeth, and one on the bottom.

"It split my lip open pretty good, so it was pretty painful."

The Atlanta Thrashers prospect lost a few more chiclets shortly thereafter -- again, against the 'Canes.

"About a week-and-a-half later, I took a high stick and lost my other two front ones. So I lost four altogether.

"It was quite the dental bill."

Last week, during the Hitmen's 4-2 win over the Hurricanes at the 'Dome, he took a third puck off the melon.

At least this one didn't require further dental work.

"Luckily, it just caught me on the side of the visor," Postma said with a toothless smile.

"I've had some pretty bad luck against them, I guess.

"I'm hoping that was the last scary thing, and now I can just get on with it.

"I hope that's the end of my bad luck."

Rookie winger Rigby Burgart is also sporting the 'Bobby Clarke look.'

You might think the scrapper sacrificed his pearly whites in a fight, but it was a high stick that did the damage.

"I just got back from the Christmas break," he said. "I hit this guy and his stick came around and got me in the mouth -- knocked out three and a half teeth and I needed 23 stitches in my lip."


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