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Along with 10,791 other hockey fans, I was in attendance at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall last night as Team Richards defeated Team Hartnell 10-6 in “Operation Hat Trick.”
The Sandy relief event, organized by ex-Flyer Todd Fedoruk, featured nine members of the New York Rangers: Henrik Lundqvist, Brad Richards, Brian Boyle, Taylor Pyatt, Arron Asham, Jeff Halpern, Dan Girardi, Marc Staal and Steve Eminger.
They were joined by several of the sport’s biggest stars including Steven Stamkos, Martin Brodeur, Bobby Ryan and Corey Perry.
The game had a similar feel to a traditional All-Star game, but instead of being hijacked by offense, this game was dominated by Lundqvist.
The Vezina Trophy winner racked up 56 saves, including four penalty shot denials and many others of the jaw-dropping variety. Lundqvist’s performance was the talk of the town and prompted several awestruck quotes from Hartnell and others.
Though there was no hitting and little shot blocking or defense, the brand of hockey was actually fairly decent. Granted, the fans in attendance were just happy to be watching any type of live hockey, but for a hastily organized charity game, the pace wasn’t bad.
Some other thoughts on the game:
Surprisingly, the fans were relatively well behaved. There were a few attempts at organizing anti-Bettman and “We Want Hockey” chants, but none really caught on and the general sentiment was surprisingly positive.
The venue was ill equipped to handle a crowd of this magnitude; concourses were overloaded, employees seemed overwhelmed and food and beverage lines wrapped around the hallways.
I guess I should have realized it going in, but the building was packed with Flyers fans. I’d say three-quarters of the attendees sported some kind of Philly garb.
Boyle played defense for Team Richards and actually seemed fairly comfortable on the blueline. Boyle does have a history of playing on the back end, but it’s certainly not something we’ve seen in years.
Former Stars James Neal and Brad Richards showed some impressive chemistry as Neal tallied four goals. Too bad he’s locked up through 2017-2018.
Some meaningless observations on the new Rangers we’ve yet to see in blue: Asham looked very quick, Halpern is crafty and Pyatt was invisible.
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Chad Kolarik had a great game last night for the Connecticut Whale, with a goal in each period as the Whale defeated the Norfolk Admirals by a score of 5-2. Kris Newbury notched a goal and an assist and Tommy Grant added a goal in the third period to finish off the Whale scoring.
Marek Hrivik also had a big night, notching three assists. Ryan Bourque, Kelsey Tessier, and Christian...
Chris Kreider got on the board in a big way last night, leading the Whale to a 7-5 victory over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Kreider had two goals, one of which was the game winner. Matt Gilroy also netted two goals (one on the powerplay), while Chad Kolarik, Kris Newbury, and Tommy Grant netted one goal a piece.
The Whale powerplay was 1/4, while their penalty kill was just 1/2...
Just arrived in Atlantic City with @hlundqvist30 and @jneal_18.Looking forward to getting in to some game action tonight! #OpHatTrick
— Brad Richards (@BRichards_1991) November 24, 2012
...hope everyone who is lucky to attend has a great time. If you do, definitely send me pics so I can post on the blog. E-mail me email@example.com.
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Rick Nash apparently has sore groin. Not believed serious. Out of lineup for precautionary reasons.
— Larry Brooks(@NYP_Brooksie) November 23, 2012
...i understand it's only precautionary, but I'm really getting sick and tired of blogging about Ranger players getting injured overseas. Not that it matter because they'll have a year to recover anyway.
Locked-out NHL players hit the ice Saturday night to raise money for Superstorm Sandy victims.
New York Rangers star Henrik Lundqvist made 57 saves in the Operation Hat Trick charity game at Boardwalk Hall to help Team New York beat Team New Jersey 10-6.
Tickets ranged from $20 to $100, and the players' equipment will be autographed and auctioned off. The proceeds are earmarked...
Henrik Lundqvist had 57 saves and pretty much single handedly won the game for Team Richards in front of a soldout crowd of 10,792 in Atlantic City. But that doesn't really matter. What does, is the hundreds of thousands of dollars raised for victims of Hurricane Sandy.
I think this post game pic taken by good friend of the blog Stefanie A. says it all...
Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record was able to speak with some Rangers participants of tonight's Operation Hat Trick charity hockey game in Atlantic City on the atmosphere...
“I think it will get intense,” Rangers defenseman Steve Eminger said. “I think it’s a different feeling than an All-Star type game. There’s not going to be hitting or fighting. But I think because...
Springfield, MA, November 25, 2012 – Ryan Bourque’s goal with 15.6 seconds left in the third period gave the Connecticut Whale a 3-2 win over the Springfield Falcons Sunday at the MassMutual Center.
The victory extended a Whale win streak to four games and lifted Connecticut to two games above .500 for the first time on the season, at 9-7-1-0 for 19 points.
With the game...
Two goals apiece for @chriskreider and Matt Gilroy as @ctwhale rally for 7-5 win in Bridgeport
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) November 24, 2012
This was Kreider's first multi-goal game as a pro. He has three goals in the last two games to give him four on the season.
Here's video of Kreider's second goal...
Four of Gilroy's five goals this season...
By Wil Goldsholl
Hartford, CT, November 24, 2012 - Chad Kolarik scored a goal in each period Saturday Night at the XL Center, as the Connecticut Whale knocked off the Norfolk Admirals by a count of 5-2.
The matchup was third of four meetings between the two squads this season; Norfolk won the first two in an October weekend sweep. The defending Calder Cup champions were just...
Page 6 reports that NY Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist auctioned off his dusty goalie mask for $66,000 -- all for charity.
Lundqvist’s mask was sold through an auction with Steiner Sports for...
Full story at Bob's Blitz ~ http://www.bobsblitz.com
He’s recognized by many as one of the best-dressed athletes, but Henrik Lunqvist wasn’t always a fashion maven. In a new feature on MrPorter.com, the Swedish goaltender and sports style icon admitted that he wasn’t very into clothes until the age of 16 or 17. And hockey is partly responsible for his sartorial upgrade.
“I started to make my own money as a hockey player which...
After raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for Hurricane Sandy relief last Saturday night, Brad Richards, Scott Hartnell, and other players who have not left to play overseas are hoping for the best. But on Black Friday, it seemed as if the NHL was selling, not buying on a day of spending. The NHL cancelled another batch of games and cancelled the 2013 NHL All Star Weekend...
"I still don't think, if (the NHL owners') last quote is 'great offer, but you need to make another and we're not budging,' I don't know what a mediator is going to be able to do."
-Brad Richards of the New York Rangers. Much more from Ricards by Jesse Spector of The Sporting News.
While everything about last night's Operation Hat Trick charity game was perfect, one strange site was seeing Vinny from the "Jersey Shore" as Team Richards head coach.
Assuming the reason he participated was because of his obvious connection to New Jersey. He's also from Staten Island which was one of the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy...