April 3, 2012; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins left wing James Neal (18) takes a shot on goal during the first period against the Boston Bruins at TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE

James Neal Shines in Sandy Relief Game

Pittsburgh Penguins forward James Neal showed that the lockout isn’t affecting his hockey prowess Saturday completing a hat trick in an all-star packed charity hockey game in Atlantic City Saturday. The proceeds from the game go to help Superstorm Sandy victims.

Neal was placed on Team New York with the likes of Brad Richards of the New York Rangers, Corey Perry of the Anaheim Ducks and Henrik Lundqvist of the Rangers. The team was coached by reality television star Vinny Guadagnino of Jersey Shore.












Neal, who scored 40 goals and tallied 81 points total last season for the Penguins, and his team defeated Team New Jersey 10-6 Saturday.

Team New Jersey was captained by Scott Hartnell of the Philadelphia Flyers. The team also had the likes of Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils and Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The game gave die-hard hockey fans something to root for over the weekend as NHLPA and NHL labor disputes still wage on. Today marks the 72nd day of the lockout and games have been cancelled through Dec. 14. The league also announced the cancellation of the Winter Classic and the All-Star game.

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