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Halpern's two goals lead Lightning past Coyotes

Sep 23, 2009 - 5:05 AM EVERETT, Wash.(AP) -- Jeff Halpern had two goals for Tampa Bay and James Wright added two assists as the Lightning defeated the Phoenix Coyotes 2-1 on Tuesday night.

After a scoreless first period, the Lightning were able to strike twice in just under 3 minutes in the second. Eight seconds after Adrian Aucoin picked up a roughing penalty for Phoenix, Jeff Halpern was able to bang in a rebound past Ilya Bryzgalov for the power-play goal.

Halpern scored again just minutes later. Halpern and James Wright broke into the Phoenix zone, Halpern crossed the puck to Wright, who gave it back to Halpern and he beat Bryzgalov to the near post to give the Lightning a 2-0 lead.

The Coyotes would finally get on the board at the 10:35 mark of the period. Radim Vrbata picked up the puck behind the Lightning net and circled in front. He crossed the puck in front of the net to Petr Prucha who knocked the puck past Lightning goalie Mike Smith.

Jim Vandermeer had two chances at the net with just under two minutes to play, but both shots were turned away by Smith.

Smith was run into by a Phoenix player late in the first period knocking him into the net. He stayed down on the ice for a couple of minutes but stayed in the game and ended with 32 saves for the Lightning.

Coyotes managing partner and coach Wayne Gretzky was not in attendance. Gretzky has stayed away from the team during the bankruptcy court battle between the team, the NHL and billionaire Jim Balsillie. He has not attended training camp or any preseason games.

However, Gretzky did attend his son Trevor's high school football game just 25 miles away in Sammamish, Wash., on Friday night.

It was the NHL's first trip to the state of Washington since the Los Angeles Kings and Pittsburgh Penguins played a preseason game in Tacoma on Sept. 23, 1992.

The two teams meet again on Wednesday night in Loveland, Colo.








  • NHL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    TAMPA BAY 0 2 0 2
    PHOENIX 0 1 0 1 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NONE
    2ND PRD: TAM - (PP) JEFF HALPERN 1 (JAMES WRIGHT, ANDREJ MESZAROS)
    2:33
    TAM - JEFF HALPERN 2 (JAMES WRIGHT, DREW MILLER) 5:18
    PHO - PETR PRUCHA 1 (RADIM VRBATA, MARTIN HANZAL) 10:34
    3RD PRD: NONE
    POWER-PLAY CONVERS

    Sep 23 1:10 AM


  • AT EVERETT
    NHL TAMPA BAY 2
    PHOENIX 1 FINAL

    Sep 23 12:49 AM


  • -------------------------------------------
    Tampa Bay
    0 2 0 --2
    Phoenix 0 1 0 --1
    -------------------------------------------

    FIRST PERIOD -- Scoring: None. Penalties: R Craig, Tam (roughing),
    8:33; M Lombardi, Pho (roughing), 8:33; L Krajicek, Tam (stick
    holding), 15:12.

    SECOND PERIOD -- Scoring: 1, Tampa Bay, Jeff Halpern 1 (power play)
    (James Wright, Andrej M

    Sep 23 12:49 AM


  • --------------------------------------
    Tampa Bay
    0 2 --2
    Phoenix 0 1 --1
    --------------------------------------

    FIRST PERIOD -- Scoring: None. Penalties: R Craig, Tam (roughing),
    8:33; M Lombardi, Pho (roughing), 8:33; L Krajicek, Tam (stick
    holding), 15:12.

    SECOND PERIOD -- Scoring: 1, Tampa Bay, Jeff Halpern 1 (power play)
    (James Wright, Andrej Meszaros), 02:33. 2,

    Sep 23 12:02 AM


  • AT EVERETT
    NHL TAMPA BAY 2
    PHOENIX 1 09:26 LEFT, 2ND PRD

    Lightning 2, Coyotes 1  2nd - 9:26Sep 22 11:46 PM


  • AT EVERETT
    NHL TAMPA BAY 2
    PHOENIX 0 15:42 LEFT, 2ND PRD

    Lightning 2, Coyotes 0  2nd - 15:42Sep 22 11:35 PM


  • AT EVERETT
    NHL TAMPA BAY 1
    PHOENIX 0 17:28 LEFT, 2ND PRD

    Lightning 1, Coyotes 0  2nd - 17:28Sep 22 11:31 PM


  • ---------------------------------
    Tampa Bay
    0 --0
    Phoenix 0 --0
    ---------------------------------

    FIRST PERIOD -- Scoring: None. Penalties: R Craig, Tam (roughing),
    8:33; M Lombardi, Pho (roughing), 8:33; L Krajicek, Tam (stick
    holding), 15:12.

    Shots on goal:
    ---------------------------------
    Tampa Bay 3 --3
    Phoenix 9 --9
    ------------------

    Sep 22 11:09 PM