Lightning Win 2-1 Over Coyotes in Everett

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Jeff Halpern had two goals for Tampa Bayand 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 tostrike twice in just under 3 minutes in the second. Eight secondsafter Adrian Aucoin picked up a roughing penalty for Phoenix, JeffHalpern was able to bang in a rebound past Ilya Bryzgalov for thepower-play goal.

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

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

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

Smith was run into by a Phoenix player late in the first periodknocking him into the net. He stayed down on the ice for a coupleof minutes but stayed in the game and ended with 32 saves for theLightning.

Coyotes managing partner and coach Wayne Gretzky was not inattendance. Gretzky has stayed away from the team during thebankruptcy court battle between the team, the NHL and billionaireJim Balsillie. He has not attended training camp or any preseasongames.

However, Gretzky did attend his son Trevor's high schoolfootball game just 25 miles away in Sammamish, Wash., on Fridaynight.

It was the NHL's first trip to the state of Washington since the

Los Angeles Kings and Pittsburgh Penguins played a preseason gamein Tacoma on Sept. 23, 1992.

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

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