'24/7 Penguins Capitals' Episode 2: Ratings and Recap
3.5 Bruce Boudreau chins (out of 5)
The episode maintained the level of excellence expected from HBO's "Hard Knocks" and "24/7." There were just a few moments -- at practice, when Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma graded his players' game performance (again) -- when it felt like the producers were stretching to get an hour's worth of material.
PG-13 (for language and sports-related violence).
Quote of the Ep:
"You can be anywhere. You're playing (bleeping) hockey for a living. Have (bleeping) fun out here." -- Boudreau encouraging his team at practice after the sixth loss of the slump.
"All the experts, all the pundits come out with their opinions. The truth of the matter is, if they knew anything about the game, they'd be in it." -- Capitals GM George McPhee defending his team after it was ripped on a Washington radio show
Stars of the Show:
1. Mario Lemieux -- In preparation for his appearance in an Old Timer's Game at Heinz Field before the Winter Classic, the Penguins chairman and owner played in the team's staff game. It was Lemieux's first game action in five years and it was wonderful to see.
2. Matt Hendricks' right eye -- Geezus.
3. Mike Knuble -- The veteran Capitals forward almost out-F-bombed Boudreau from last week while exhorting his team during the first intermission to come back from a 3-0 deficit in Boston.
As hockey fans are well aware, the Penguins had a 12-game winning streak while the Capitals lost eight in a row. With very good reason, the producers of "24/7" milked the @$#$ out of the contrast.
• In a hotel room on the road, Sidney Crosby watches footage on VERSUS of Alex Ovechkin's fight with Brandon Dubinsky of the Rangers as a commentator wonders if Ovechkin was influenced by Crosby's recent fight with Matt Niskanen of Dallas.
• Do the Capitals really want Mike Green riding around town in a Vespa?
• Excellent access as Byslma and Pens GM Ray Shero tell Dustin Jeffrey he's going back to the minors, if only for a little while.
• Ovechkin at home with his mother and father. The superstar said he plans on marrying some day, but right now he enjoys his mom's cooking.
• What's a TV show without a happy ending? The Capitals break the losing streak with a win in Ottawa. But you already knew that.
On HBO -- Dec. 23, 5 p.m., midnight; Dec. 24, 8:30 a.m., 8 p.m.; Dec. 25, 10:30 a.m., 11:30 p.m.; Dec. 27, 7 p.m., 1:30 a.m.; Dec. 28, 11 a.m.; Jan. 1, 9 a.m., 5 p.m.