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Kessel ends drought, Lightning take 2-1 lead

02.22.09 at 5:19 pm ET
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TAMPA, Fl. — Phil Kessel finally broke open a 14-game goal-scoring drought — the third longest of his short career — with a signature lightning-quick wrist shot from the right faceoff circle in the opening minutes of Sunday afternoon’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The score came off a Marc Savard pass that was deflected off Tampa defenseman Steve Eminger’s skate and bounced right to Kessel’s waiting stick.

The Lightning followed with a pair of goals in the span of two minutes by Jeff Halpern and Adam Hall, the second of which was on a wraparound bid when B’s goalie Manny Fernandez couldn’t close off the right post quickly enough with his body and pad.

The Lightning lead 2-1 over the B’s with 13:07 to go in the first period at the St. Pete Times Forum.

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