by David Pavlak on 11/27/12 at 01:15 AM ET
It was probably one of the first times Martin Brodeur has faced some real action since the Devils skated off the ice after being defeated by the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup Finals. But in the Operation Hat Trick charity game in Atlantic City this past Saturday, Brodeur let 10 goals get by him in a 10-6 loss for Team Hartnell.
Obviously there was no real fore check being used in this game, as it was basically a glorified All-Star game, but every shot that seemed to make it through to Brodeur ended up in the back of the net, causing the Flyers fans in the arena to start the sing-song chant of "Mar-ty."
Brodeur faced a good deal of shots, definitely north of 30, but I've been hard-pressed to find a true box score of the game with a definitive number. Henrik Lundqvist, the goaltender for Team Richards, faced nearly 70 shots and put on a show the whole night, making incredible glove saves and diving poke checks to keep the puck out of the net. Lundqvist was clearly the better goalie that night, but the score didn't actually mean anything to the crowd on hand.
Brodeur jokingly said that his poor performance may have been because he was wearing an unfamiliar orange color on his jersey.
David Clarkson and Andy Greene also took part in Operation Hat Trick. The sellout crowd of nearly 11,000 people was something that Clarkson was happy to see.
"“It was great,” Clarkson said Tom Gulitti of The Bergen Record. “It just shows the reason we’re here. With what happened (Sandy) and (Saturday) to see people come together and chanting, they’re having a good time. It was an amazing thing. It feels really great to get back out there."
As I sat in the stands that Saturday night, the actual score didn't matter at all. Being able to see live hockey for one night was something that I didn't think I would see this year. The rumor swirling around is that they are already looking into Operation Hat Trick 2.0 potentially to be held in Central Park. The money that went to the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund, the Empire State Relief Fund and the American Red Cross will truly help those who need the relief after being effected by such devastation.
I can't say I didn't love seeing everyone back on the ice, but if this isn't a reason to end the lockout, I don't know what is.
Hell, even Scott Hartnell said he got choked up when the sellout crowd rose to its feet after the final buzzer sounded and chanted in unison "WE WANT HOCK-EY!"
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