Star of Operation Hat Trick? Henrik Lundqvist

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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.