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Halpern returns for first time since June surgery

Updated: December 18, 2008, 9:01 PM ET
Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. -- Lightning center Jeff Halpern was in the Tampa Bay lineup Thursday night for the first time since reconstructive right knee surgery in June.

Halpern, injured while playing for the United States at the hockey world championships, was acquired by Tampa Bay last February in a multiplayer deal with the Dallas Stars.

Halpern scored his first goal since April 2 from the slot in the second period of Thursday's game against the Colorado Avalanche.

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