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Puppa finds Calgary cozy

Yogi Berra's line "It was deja vu all over again" was apropos for Tampa Bay goalie Daren Puppa.

The last time he was in goal at the Olympic Saddledome, last March 28, he posted a 4-0 shutout against Calgary. He was a Toronto Maple Leaf then.

Almost a year later he extinguished the Flames again. The score was the same. Only this time he did the deed for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Puppa stopped all 18 shots he faced to lead the Lightning before a crowd of 18,816. It was his fourth shutout of the season and the 11th of his career.

"Yeah, this is one of my favorite buildings," Puppa said. "I like the atmosphere. I never expected to have this many shutouts coming to an expansion team, but the 20 guys playing in front of me have been doing a really good job.

"Tonight I didn't have to make very many big saves. This win is good for our psyche. We have to do well on this road trip."

Lightning wing Rob DiMaio, a Calgary native, had many family and friends in the stands. He scored a goal and added an assist in his best game of the season.

The defense did the rest, shutting down the Flames' attack. Puppa didn't need to make many saves but did come up big in the few instances he was left to fend for himself. He made a kick save to stop Paul Ranheim alone in front of the goal in transition.


Other Thursday games

Capitals 2, Panthers 1: Randy Burridge and Michal Pivonka each scored as Washington finally won in Miami.


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