Simon Gagne scores two goals in his return to action

Operation Hat Trick - Williams Gagne MayorsManor LA Kings

Simon Gagne, pictured above with Justin Williams Saturday night, scored two goals in his return to action for the first time since hoisting the Stanley Cup in June.

It was a charity game though. So, no – he hasn’t agreed to a deal somewhere in Europe or the ECHL.

Instead, it was Team Philly vs Team New York – two squads made up of NHL players – in a game to raise money for victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Gagne, signed by the LA Kings as an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2011, played center this weekend – with Flyers’ jack-of-all-trades, Scott Hartnell, on his left and Williams lined up on the right side.

After scoring the first goal of the game for his team, Gagne joined Williams and Blackhawks tough guy Dan Carcillo for a little dance number in front of their bench (note: video has yet to surface – with YET being the operative word).

Another goal from Gagne later in the game still wasn’t enough for Team Philly.

Team New York had the reigning Vezina Trophy winner, Henrik Lundqvist, in net and he put on a show between the pipes – stopping 56 shots, en route to a 10-6 win.

A sellout crowd of over 10,000 fans were also treated to four goals by James Neal of the Pittsburgh Penguins and one goal from Anaheim’s Bobby Ryan, in what was his final North American appearance before heading overseas to join Anze Kopitar – see link below for more info on that story.

After the game, Williams was already looking ahead to playing some higher stakes hockey.

“Hopefully at some point we get back soon and we (the Kings) can benefit from the extra added rest that we’ve gotten,” he said. “When you end your season with a win and you’re the champs, obviously we have a good taste in our mouth right now from the last time we played…But at the same time, [we’re] extremely frustrated we’re not playing a meaningful hockey game right now.”

RELATED ARTICLES:

Exclusive: How Anze Kopitar helped bring Bobby Ryan to Sweden

What I’ve learned so far this season by Pittsburgh’s Janes Neal

Kings players debate the MVP of last months’ charity game

One more shot from the charity game (more here)…

Operation Hat Tick Justin Williams LA Kings MayorsManor

Recent Articles

LA Kings Prospect Tracker – Week Ending October 14, 2019

Every hockey league is now
active, officially. Barring injuries, professionals and prospects have started their 2019-20 season. A plethora of prospects in the LA Kings pipeline put up stellar performances over the past week. Take a look…

EUROPE

Alexander Dergachyov:
Forward, SKA St. Petersburg, KHL (3rd round pick in 2015)

Regular season: 0 goals, 2
assists, plus-1, 2 PIM in 13 games […]

SPORTSNET RADIO REPLAY: Hoven on Early Season Results, Sharks, Oilers, Hawks, Sabres, and Penguins

Follow @mayorNHL
Enjoy a free replay of John Hoven on Sportsnet Radio in Toronto, where he joined host Josh Goldberg for a lap around the NHL to talk early season results for the Edmonton Oilers, San Jose Sharks, Buffalo Sabres, Chicago Blackhawks, Pittsburgh Penguins, etc.
Today’s radio segment can be heard using the player below […]

Pair of Kings Prospects on TV This Friday

Each season, we try to keep you up to date on the Kings prospects throughout the handful of leagues they compete in all across the globe. This year, look for a renewed interest in the college ranks, primarily because the organization’s top selection at last year’s NHL Draft – center Alex Turcotte – is expected […]

Major News Items

Kopitar Out, Can Watch His Son Against Arizona

Per recent tradition, it will be the Kings and Coyotes in a pair of split-squad games to open up preseason on Tuesday night. LA captain Anze Kopitar will not suit up, but he will get a chance to watch his son … [Read More...]

More Prospect News