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 h...