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Posted at 1:35 PM ET, 12/16/2010

HBO's '24/7' lets the Capitals see themselves from another perspective

By Katie Carrera

Not all of the Capitals players and staff members watched the first episode of HBO's "24/7" last night -- owner Ted Leonsis and Coach Bruce Boudreau both said they hadn't seen the show -- but for those who did, the sting of seeing some of the worst parts of this current losing streak on TV wasn't as awful as it could have been.

The players already lived through the speeches by Boudreau and assistant coach Dean Evason that the show included. But they also got to see just how down and out they appeared during games that occurred less than a week ago.

"We can kind of look at each other on TV and say, 'oh we look down,' you know," Mike Green said. "There's nothing to be down about. We're going to be alright....It does [help to see it], I think. It was interesting. You really get to take a look at how you were in a certain moment and really, now that you look back on it, it's not that big of a deal. We need to stay positive and have a different outlook."

Said Mike Knuble: "They didn't beat [the bad games] to death, which was good. They didn't really focus on them, they were just kind of 45-second segments and on our end, that was probably pretty good to just kind of get through that part. It's teams on two different levels right now and contrasting story lines -- we look down a little bit in the piece, and we should be, given what's going on here. But it's not dialed down all the time."

Knuble also noted that he was impressed with how quickly HBO produced the show, and that what was included in the first episode wasn't very old at all. A fact that he thinks might be good for showing a looser side of the Capitals, perhaps as soon as next week's episode.

"It's only a day or two old by the time they get it out on TV," Knuble said. "We're approaching two games here, and we could be a different team by Sunday night when they finish stuff for the second one."

By Katie Carrera  | December 16, 2010; 1:35 PM ET
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Ovechkin's "Maybe he has sensitive skin" comment was the best part of the show...

Gotta admit I also thought it was funny when I think Letang asked Santa for his two helpers for christmas.

Also happy to see that yes, Sidney Crosby is as boring a person as we all thought he was.

Posted by: capscoach | December 16, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

On crosby (I don't even capitalize his name when I write it) being boring... I couldn't find his name in that little 'word cloud' thing on the previous post. But I am on my phone, and maybe its small and that's why I couldn't find it.

Posted by: griz0615 | December 16, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

nice to know that green and knuble look at it in a positive way. i hope this will help them to fix their mindset and be positive about it. they just have to practice, play well and get a win. not be bothered if the opponent score and they don't score. just stick together, play for each other and play hockey. and ovi please practice your shots. and the rest of the guys, don't mind if ovi is not scoring. if all of you are or will score then ovi can just do his thing. sit in the bench or stand and watch players play.

Posted by: capsfan2007 | December 16, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

I wasn't able to get more than 15-20 minutes into the show, too depressed after yet another loss, and not wanting to review the Caps' streak much more, particularly as juxtaposed with the Pens'. Yes, the Caps played a lot better last night, but they were still sluggish at times. I thought the OT effort was a fairly pitiful display of energy, Ovi's feed from the boards off the bloop pass aside.

I've been a kool-aider for sure, but having come to accept the possibility of BB's departure and then seeing what I did of 24/7, I would welcome with excitement announcement of a coaching change today or tomorrow.

Posted by: Justafan | December 16, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

On one of the other threads, someone noted that AO8 hasn't been the same since the Olympics. Is it possible the whole team hasn't really been the same since the Olympics?

Watched the 3rd period of the Col/Chi game last night, and saw Flash singlehandedly beat the defending SC champs with his first career hat trick. Maybe we should have traded Fehr instead?

Posted by: 1hockeymom | December 16, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Crosby needs to lay off the lipstick and move out of Super Mario's basment...BWAHAHAHA!

Posted by: Rhino40 | December 16, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

@capscoach not that it really matters, but it was Talbot, not Letang who asked about santa's helpers.

I thought the show was great. Depressing from a Caps point of view for sure, but well done. And as someone pointed out, it was definitely surprising to see and hear the lack of support and motivation on the Caps end in between periods.
Part of it can be chalked up to the opposing streaks, but the difference between the lockerrooms of the Pens and Caps was huge...from the coach on down. And even the GM, though McPhee was hardly in it at all.

This is an interesting part of the Caps' season and its pretty great we have this kind of insight into it...I guess we'll see over the next few days and months what happens.

Posted by: c_majors | December 16, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Saddest thing shown on 24/7 was the lack of any player providing any leadership in the locker room. I hope that's a result of editing.....
on the other hand (kool aid alert) what great dramatic tension to see this series lead into whipping the pens butts into new years confetti

Posted by: bluejeener1 | December 16, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

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