Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
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If you ever question how serious hockey fans are about their teams, look no further than this. 

The Henrik Lundqvist foundation is about to get a sizable donation from some Florida Panther fans if the Rangers can beat the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday afternoon.

Taylor Craig is an associate producer for FOX Business Network and also happens to be a huge Panthers fan. Craig started the campaign on Twitter, pledging a donation of $140 to Mats Zuccarello originally. But a mid-fundraising switch occurred when Craig found out Lundqvist was starting and his organization was an easier donation process.

From there, the power of social media took over as more and more fans decided to match totals and more people decided to jump in.

Well, although Lundqvist and his big contract are past the stages of looking for bribes to win hockey games, this is an incredible gesture. All of the motivation for Lundqvist lies in the desire to beat the Flyers after ending the Rangers’ playoff hopes back in 2010.

Win or lose, hopefully some of these Panther fans decide to contribute as Lundqvist’s charity is for a great cause, “striving to create positive change in the lives of children and adults through education and health services”.

If this situation sounds familiar, something similar happened this fall as Andy Dalton of the Cincinnati Bengals tossed a game-winning touchdown in the final moments of a game against the Baltimore Ravens. With the Ravens’ loss, it paved the way for the Buffalo Bills to make the playoffs for the first time in 17 years.

It is truly special to see social media being used in such a positive manner as typically, social media is used in such a negative way. So if Henrik Lundqvist didn’t have enough motivation to beat the Flyers for the heartbreak in 2010, he certainly now has more!

Neal Purcell has a tremendous passion for New York Rangers hockey and the sport of hockey in general. A graduate of SUNY Cortland in Upstate NY, Purcell coaches both a high school hockey team and a travel team in the winter. Purcell is also a part of a small family business in the Central New York Region.