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Star of Operation Hat Trick? Henrik Lundqvist

Nov 25, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

Henrik Lundqvist,  Steve Stamkos AP

Last night’s “Operation Hat Trick” charity game in Atlantic City turned out to be a rousing success. Fans of all kinds sold out Boardwalk Hall and were treated to a 10-6 win for Team New York over Team New Jersey/Philly.

In a game that had 16 goals, however, the guy everyone was talking about afterwards was goalie Henrik Lundqvist as Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly.com found out. Kings forward Simon Gagne put it bluntly.

“The Rangers should call the league and tell them we should start playing pretty soon because [Lundqvist] is pissing away a lot of talent right now,” Gagne said.

“Even a game for fun, we’re taking real shots, real plays and he was very tough to beat.”

When you stand on your head like that, so to speak, it’ll get people talking. Even Scott Hartnell thinks Lundqvist’s performance is enough to make the Rangers organization twitchy enough to get the lockout settled.

“It seems like he is in playoff shape. We were joking after the first period that now the Rangers want to play really bad because he’s on fire.”

Spending a year of Lundqvist’s prime seasons in a lockout is a waste of time, so to speak, but the show everyone put on to help victims of Hurricane Sandy was a great one.

  1. stakex - Nov 25, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    I have a feeling if it was up to Dolan (Rangers owners) there would never have been a lockout. As we know, he has no problem throwing around insane amounts of money for players. I don’t think hes one of the GMs dragging this thing out.

    Not to mention the Rangers were going to have a very good team this year. Throwing away and entire season with a potential cup contending team isn’t worth the few million an owner might save from this mess.

    • blomfeld - Nov 25, 2012 at 2:50 PM

      and how do you think us Kings feel ? :(

    • jimw81 - Nov 25, 2012 at 3:17 PM

      dolan never wanted the lockout. as i said before, what comes out of the BOG meeting on dec 5 will tell what direction the owners will take in this lockout

  2. joeyashwi - Nov 25, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    Pretty sure Leipold wanted the lockout but as a Wild fan I was pretty excited for the first time since Gaborik left. I thoroughly enjoyed watching the Kings in the playoffs last year since my team didn’t make it. They played an exciting brand of hockey. I feel for their fans since the banner raising has been put on hold. Nothing beats playoff hockey as many new fans to the game last year can attest to. Too bad the NHL has to start over again in gaining those casual fans back.

  3. richter35lundqvist30 - Nov 26, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    This just makes me sad that I’m not watching this 2-3 times a week…

  4. hockeyfan763 - Nov 26, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Enough already with the Kings stuff. Hey Blomfield, everyone is aware the Kings won the cup last year, why does every article/comment have to revolve around how it affects the Kings fans ? Up until a few years ago there weren’t a great number of you. Put together a solid decade of competing before declaring your dynasty. You remind me of all the Islander fans in the mid 80′s who haven’t rooted for their team since. LA fans are notoriously fair weather, too much sun and medical marijuana to be real hockey fans.

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