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Operation Hat Trick Raises Thousands for Sandy Victims


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Locked-out NHL players hit the ice Saturday night in Atlantic City to raise money for Superstorm Sandy victims… and give hockey fans a one-night fix.

Philadelphia Flyers star Scott Hartnell and New York Rangers star Brad Richards both put together teams of fellow NHL players for a good cause. However, it also turned out to be a great game.

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 for the American Red Cross, Empire State Relief Fund and the New Jersey Hurricane Relief Fund. The NHLPA also donated $20,000 to the charities.

”A lot of people were affected by Sandy. It’s great to do stuff like this,” Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi said. ”A lot of people here lost their homes are fans. We had some people who lost everything.”

The game was also an opportunity for hockey fans to enjoy their sport for one night even if he teams were a blend of three Atlantic Conference rivals. Flyers and Rangers fans found common ground in their “Maaaarty” taunt of Devils goalie Martin Brodeur while everyone chanted “Crosby Sucks” and “Bettman Sucks” in honor of the Pittsburgh Penguins Sidney Crosby and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman according to Yahoo Sports.

The Associated Press contributed to this story

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