"One day in the NHL for you...fantasy camp for you."
I'm ready to start the "Brad Richards Fan Club" after that one. Mark it down folks, the Richards signing is officially worth it.
As far as the rest of the episode went, I thought it was the best of the three as we were treated to a ton of on-ice and in locker room conversations that as a fan we're not privy to, including this zinger from Mike Rupp at former Ranger and current Flyer Jody Shelley in the same game, which btw HBO captured the intensity of brilliantly...
"Youre f-cking irrevelent out here, you're f-cking irrelevent out here...if you had any outcome on the game I'd f-cking go you."
Another great line, and there were plenty, was from Brandon Dubinsky who showed a little humility by saying this after getting the Broadway Hat for his goal against the Islanders...
"Good every 15 games, good every 15."
A hysterical line away from the rink was Marian Gaborik's uncensored thoughts on New York drivers...
"These f-ucking drivers are ridiculous here."
I think I say that every day driving on Sunrise Highway. Gabby's Christmas tree purchase was pretty damn funny also.
I had been disappointed with the lack of face time for the wives and girlfriends in the series, that was until Stephanie skated, sort of, into our lives...
Nice work Stepan.
Then of course there was the ugly Christmas sweater party...
To me, best part about the party is that they all got bombed and still kicked the crap out of the Devils the next night (Note: According to reader Random Ranger, while the show insinuated party was night before Devils game it was actually a few days earlier). Watch full video of party at Puck Daddy.
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On the Flyers side, Peter Laviolette continues to be the star for me, sorry Mr. Universe, especially after the episode opening locker room speech (quote via ESPN.com)...
"Somebody tell me what the f--- is the difference now? "What's the problem now? I want to see people rip their heart out of their f------ chest in this period. And if you don't? You're probably not going to like your ice time. Take your shift, you'll get it, and earn your second one. I'm not putting up with it. There's too much horse s---. Too much. Don't allow it. D-zone coverage, soft down low. Out to the point, casual stride. We don't want to block a shot. Because it hurts. One game, Boston, alright let's move on. Tonight? Unacceptable. Not going to happen. We're way better than what we just showed. Every guy in here knows it. And you should not accept it. Don't. You got 20 minutes. You win a period, you win a game, we move on. But you need to dig in right now. Every guy. Enough is enough. Start playing with some jam. Let's go."
Dude, did Laviolette just steal Torts' "jam" line?
We were also treated to a little Jaromir Jagr humor with this line to Claude Giroux in the locker room before game vs. Rangers...
"It's tough to score four points here...I did it."
Seriously, where the heck is Sather?
"5th in the league in faceoffs! Check it on NHL.com!" followed by Giroux sheepishly saying, "I never said you were bad..." Fantastic stuff.
I've always wanted to throw an ugly Christmas sweater party. I can't believe they did it. Awesome. Totally class. Lovin' this team.
Apparently the Boyle family doesn't believe in contraceptives! That's one hell of a clan they got goin there.
@thenyrblog that was hilarious. He only spoke the truth.
@thenyrblog the show makes me wish this was on every week all season. #goldentweet
I really liked seeing Cally and Torts discussing a play between periods and then Torts running to watch the tape. It was cool to get a glimpse of the captain and coach relationship.
@thenyrblog Great stuff!
@thenyrblog awesome summary! #GoldenTweet
Nope, not bombed the night before the Devils' game. Gaborik/Avery tweeted about the party on the 18th, 2 days before the game. Then Prust tweeted the next day about being able to wear jeans (to the Bryant Park skate, I think). They reversed the events on the show, so it was mini-Girardi and Stephanie the night before the game, not drunken Buddy Boyle.
Either way, that party footage was golden! After Avery tweeted a picture of himself and Santa Dubi, while wearing a completely non-ugly 'ugly' sweater, I had no faith in the rest of them - especially fashionistas like Hank and Richards - to actually go ugly. But they did! Loved that part of the show.
@thenyrblog I couldn't believe they let Gaborik carry a tree back to his place. I swear he was going to re-injure his groin somehow.
@thenyrblog I'm not a big Richards fan either, but that was pretty cool, sounded like a real New Yorker there #GoldenTweet
@KurtBalogh That was great.
@LFredrikJonsson Yeah it was.
@Random_Ranger Thanks for clearing that up!
@Cyandie That scene was hysterical. Gabby was great last night on and off the ice.
@thenyrblog You recap was, but last nites episode as well, liked all the Flyer rivalry stuff, keep up the good work
@KevinDeLury you are the gift that keeps on giving.
@KevinDeLury Had to check for myself because I thought the same thing, and figured no way would that happen right before a game... Oh Twitter, so useful...
@paul.dubsky11 I do what I can.