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Posted at 10:12 AM ET, 01/ 4/2011

HBO shoots -- and scores -- with '24/7' series

By Lindsay Applebaum

The final installment of HBO's examination of the rivalry between the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins airs at 10 p.m. Wednesday. The series didn't give away much about the game we didn't already know, writes columnist Tracee Hamilton, but it did produce compelling television that was a win for everyone involved:

If you're a fan of the Caps, Penguins or hockey in general, you've probably watched the first three episodes, you'll watch the fourth and you probably didn't learn anything you didn't already know about hockey in any of them. But you got some inside looks at some of your favorite players' personalities, and you got a feel for the rhythm of their lives. And you found out that Caps Coach Bruce Boudreau isn't always the happy-go-lucky guy you've seen on TV, hawking cars and copiers and carpet cleaners. Not since "The Sopranos" has HBO given us so many F-words in a 60-minute show. George Carlin would have been impressed by the expletive-slinging coach.

Click here to read Hamilton's review for the Style section.

By Lindsay Applebaum  | January 4, 2011; 10:12 AM ET
Categories:  HBO 24/7  
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Posted by: capscoach | January 4, 2011 10:28 AM | Report abuse

I don't know what she's talking about, because I learned PLENTY about hockey, and I've been a hardcore fan for almost 30 yrs.

Having things mic'd up during the fights was esp revealing. Hearing the refs urging them to keep going during the fight, moving the nets out of the way to give them space, etc.

Posted by: chombie13 | January 4, 2011 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Ah a Hamilton column. It's like sports for people who don't really like sports. Now people who don't like hockey/sports can take those zingers to the water cooler and be able to participate in a conversation, should the series come up.

Posted by: GFisher1 | January 4, 2011 11:04 AM | Report abuse


I know i'm whining, but are we going to have to look at the Pens logo on the top left corner(Winter Classic Coverage) for the rest of the year? Please remove it- it doesn't belong on the Caps blog.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | January 4, 2011 11:06 AM | Report abuse

The Pens are at it again... Would love to get more reaction from Steckel.

Posted by: darrylrbaker | January 4, 2011 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Am I the only one that thinks Tracee Hamilton is useless?

Posted by: gandorfdapirate | January 4, 2011 11:12 AM | Report abuse

From my above comment, a while back she wrote an article about Ovie/Crosby and how Ovie isn't a leader etc...I think this was after the Olympics, I'm not exactly sure, but she criticized Ovie saying something along the lines of how he doesn't practice enough and isn't dedicated.

Then Brooks Laich had a radio interview (junkies I think) and basically killed her by saying (paraphrasing here) "Who the hell is she? I don't know her, never met her and she's never been around...She doesn't have a clue what she's talking about"

Brooks was just talking about hockey, but I think it pretty much summarizes her WaPo pieces on everything.

Posted by: gandorfdapirate | January 4, 2011 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Am I the only one that thinks Tracee Hamilton is useless?

Posted by: gandorfdapirate

Um....definitely not. Her articles are almost always either very off, or completely obvious.

Posted by: capscoach | January 4, 2011 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Lol - who is Tracee Hamilton?

Posted by: lylewimbledon | January 4, 2011 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Orprik, you should talk. Yeah, we play two more times - and I can't wait to see your ass get kicked by Erskine, Brads, DJ, take your pick, punk.

Posted by: CAP-lanta | January 4, 2011 11:18 AM | Report abuse

i'm with you, and the mic'ed (sp?) refs is a great example. perhaps Hamilton already knows everything about hockey...or just doesn't realize what there might be to learn from the series.

i'm not even sure what she's going for when she assumes "you probably didn't learn anything you didn't already know about hockey in any of [the HBO episodes]."

i didn't learn anything about hockey's history, rules or strategies. but there was plenty to learn about those who play it and the coaches and organizations that manage them. i learned about what it was like for Scott Hannan to move with his young family to a new city and worry about buying or renting a home. i learned that players eat garbage and play video games on road trips (many of them are still just kids after all). i learned about Sid's superstitions. i learned how closely coaches and general managers collaborate...

all of these things are hockey so if Hamilton didn't learn anything about hockey, i suspect she wasn't paying attention

Posted by: mcintire_will | January 4, 2011 11:28 AM | Report abuse

That article after the olympics was a joke...I mean Ovie def. has areas he could improve on, but she basically blamed him alone for all of Russias and Caps he was the only reason the teams struggled.

And Brooks has a point...when was the last time she was in the locker room? I have never seen her at a practice. How can she comment on something she knows nothing about.

what do you expect from Pens fans who just lost on national TV? If it was anyone but Steckel they might have something to go on. It looked like Steckel just didn't see him.

I think it is HILARIOUS how Crosby changes his tune AFTER he has had some time to stew over the loss.

It was a mildly cheap hit even IF Steckel did it on purpose. It really didn't look that bad to me...

And should we also remind the Pens of their cheap double team hit on our smallest player (don't remember who it was) But of course the Pens pick MP to body slam. they have nothing to complain about.

Posted by: capscoach | January 4, 2011 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Cindy hit...if you watch the video...Cindy turns his head up ice not watching where he is going...Steckel is watching the puck up ice too and hustling to chase the play - never sees Crosby until he flattens him. Cindy should watch where he is going on the ice...the rest of em could fill up a swimming pool with their crying. Totally clean, hence no call on the play. Maybe the Caps will have something to say about the cheap shot Cindy took on Varly at the end of the game?

Posted by: lylewimbledon | January 4, 2011 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Interesting...apparently the Sharks are having similar issues as the Caps (at least some on here have the same complaints as this hockeybuzz writer)

How were the Sharks outshot 21-13 in the third period by a team that had played 24 hours earlier? It’s becoming painfully obvious that too many players just don’t care. Unfortunately, a few of them are pulling down the most ice-time, crippling the Sharks’ effectiveness playing five-on-five. Nobody else will name names, but your team isn’t going anywhere when your captain is the laziest player on the team. Sorry to shock you like that Shark fans, but it’s time you knew.

Who’s always the Sharks’ first player off the ice during practices? Joe Thornton. Who’s the key culprit in the team’s lack of effort and production five-on-five? Thornton. Who led the futility parade last night, going scoreless and raking in a -3 plus-minus? Thornton. The fact this guy was made the captain is an absolute joke, and his attitude has infected the entire team now that he’s front and center. If you don’t believe me, here’s what Ryane Clowe had to say after last night’s loss:

“They played back-to-back games and got 50 shots. That’s enough said there. We just want to cheat at times. That’s how it is. They’re not afraid to play a sound defensive game and they’ll stick to it. We’ve got guys who want to do it occasionally, but not all the time because that’s hard work. And when you work hard and you win, you feel it after a game. I guarantee you right now there’s guys that don’t feel that tired after that game. Just terrible. A first-place team in back-to-back games, tied going into the third.”

Posted by: capscoach | January 4, 2011 11:36 AM | Report abuse


Interesting to read the Pens comments 48hrs after the game. Given that everyone in the NHL should know that Steckel is clean, passive, and gentlemanly player I think the Pens are just laying the foundation for a real nasty game next time.

They're leading the league in fights, yet in our two games against them they haven't tried to exploit that advantage. For all this bluster coming from their locker-room, my guess is that they won't really care about the outcome of the game. Seems like they're intent on retribution, and methinks that anyone in a Caps jersey will be at risk of receiving a cheap shot. I don't think our "vaunted" power-play will encourage them to play clean.

If that's the case, it would be too much to expect Erskine to keep everyone on the bench safe. Bradley and Hendricks, while game, wouldn't be among the top-6 fighters on the Pens. With the tens of millions $$ Leonsis has invested in his players, I hope he communicates to GMGM and BB that if the Pens go head-hunting in our building we better be able to match-up...time to get the rust of DJK and start prepping him EVEN IF ONLY FOR THE PENS GAME.

Posted by: vermontcaps | January 4, 2011 11:50 AM | Report abuse

@darrylrbaker: thanks for the link. All this coming from the team that felt Matt Cooke's nearly career-ending hit to Marc Savard's head was clean... What do you expect?

Posted by: sabredc | January 4, 2011 12:07 PM | Report abuse

"Am I the only one that thinks Tracee Hamilton is useless?"
Posted by: gandorfdapirate | January 4, 2011 11:12 AM

For years we've been scouring the land, unsuccessfully, in search of anybody who DOESN'T find her drivel a total waste of paper, ink, and bandwidth.

Posted by: Wiley_One1 | January 4, 2011 1:33 PM | Report abuse

"Am I the only one that thinks Tracee Hamilton is useless?"
Posted by: gandorfdapirate | January 4, 2011 11:12 AM

For years we've been scouring the land, unsuccessfully, in search of anybody who DOESN'T find her drivel a total waste of paper, ink, and bandwidth.

Posted by: Wiley_One1 | January 4, 2011 1:33 PM |

Maybe we should put her pieces in the fan blog or file it under irrelevant.

Posted by: gandorfdapirate | January 4, 2011 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Tracee Hamilton is an idiot. Still, it is progress to see her crappy article filed under Style instead of Sports. I've been watching hockey for over 3 decades and I also loved seeing the insights into what the teams' staffs are doing after the games. To see the Pens coach and GM grading the players and talking about who gets called up and who sits.

And then just the human side of things-- all those players playing video games and eating a bunch of junk food.

Of course Tracee didn't learn anything; its too much work to use your brain rather than just churn out some mindless drivel.

Posted by: calhokie | January 4, 2011 3:40 PM | Report abuse

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