Thursday, December 15, 2011

HBO 24/7 Rangers-Flyers Round-up

Update: Here is the full first episode


Here are some various reviews of the HBO 24/7 premier featuring the Rangers and Phillys from last night.

The best recap with multiple video highlights was from Puck Daddy.

Greg Wyshynski / Puck Daddy:
HBO 24/7 Flyers Rangers Ep. 1 review: Grandma Callahan rules --
Back to the Rangers, playing at the Buffalo Sabres. The focus is on Ryan Callahan; we see his family again — and a 95-year-old star is born: His grandmother

OK, got a little choked up on that one. When does Grandma Callahan drop the first puck at MSG?...
Nick Montemagno / The Rangers Tribune:
HBO 24/7 Review: Episode 1 of 4
"Just reloading my weapon, you know?"

That was just one of the many golden moments from last night's premiere episode of HBO's Rangers/Flyers 24/7: Road to the NHL Winter Classic. As the cameras took us behind-the-scenes with both clubs, we witnessed different personalities, how each group deals with adversity, and we got a whole lot of insight as to how each coaching staff runs their team...
Pat Leonard / NY Daily News:
HBO breaks ice with first episode of '24/7 Flyers/Rangers: Road to the Winter Classic' on Wednesday night -- Rangers carry Episode 1 with great one-liners and quality storylines
The unquestionable stars of the first episode of HBO’s “24/7 Flyers/Rangers: Road to the Winter Classic” both hail from Russia, and their personalities and raw emotion made a positive impression for both clubs.

One was Philadelphia goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, 31, waxing on everything from the universe, to Chinese laws governing tiger hunting, to the extreme perception of fans in the City of Brotherly Love, which friends told him was “hell” for goalies.

The other was Rangers forward Artem Anisimov, 23, whose true colors shone through during an inside look at his controversial rifle goal celebration last week against Tampa Bay...
Bryan Winters / Blueshirt Banter:
Complete Recap Of HBO's 24/7 First Episode --
Tonight's episode started off with a bang, showing the most recent list to the Toronto Maple Leafs. It highlighted both the injuries to Michael Sauer and Michael Del Zotto. It's also worth noting that it only took just under a minute for the first F-bomb to drop this year...
Andrew Gross / Ranger Rants:
So I watched the first episode of “24/7…” --
Here in St. Louis and just finished watching the first episode of HBO’s “24/7.” My first thought: it’s hysterical that the second word uttered in the series was, “process.” Guess John Tortorella was writing the script.

Kidding, of course...
Cris Cohen / The Hockey Independent:
24/7, Episode 1 – The Rangers Recap --
What would 24/7 be if Sean Avery didn’t get into the mix? On his off time, Avery went on a photo shoot, modeling clothes. He was surprisingly subdued and level-headed when discussing his demotion and subsequent recall...
High Heels and Hockey:
HBO 24/7: Flyers and Rangers Episode 1 --
Tonight’s episode proved how fantastic this series is. It doesn’t matter what teams you are watching. Liev Schrieber is the perfect voice for this show. His tone and the way he articulates draw you in. The script writers for the narration, especially the prologue are phenomenal. Adding an almost literary element to the sport enhances the beauty of the game...
Sean Leahy / Puck Daddy:
Puck Daddy’s Unofficial HBO 24/7 Flyers-Rangers Drinking Game --
And ... here ... we ... go.
• The New York Rangers vs. Philadelphia Flyers rivalry is referenced using the following words: "Intense," "historic," "hate," "hatred," "don't like those guys." ...
A Philly Perspective

Marc Narducci / Flyers Report - Broad Street Bull:
Reviewing HBO's 24/7 --
In the battle of interesting quotes, Tortorella probably outdid Laviolette, although neither said anything earth-shattering.

Tortortella has no room for anybody who doesn’t measure up to the toughness meter.

“I have trouble seeing players in training room getting rubbed down all the time,” he said...

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