From the numerous angles (the blimp cam was especially awesome) to the background noise being muted with just an Inception-like soundtrack, the penalty shot scene was put together masterfully. It also helped that Hank saved the damn thing.
Which was followed by the best line of the night immediately after the Rangers celebration when you can hear Torts saying "there's no shaking hands, get off the ice." Damn right there's no shaking hands. Winter Classic or not, that was a regular season game, where there should be no congratulating each other afterward.
HBO also did a phenominal job encapsulating the emotion and tenor of the Winter Classic. I especially enjoyed the focus on Mike Rupp's first goal and the ensuing Jagr salute.
I've got to be honest I was in shock with the scene in the third period when James van Riemsdyk said he's going to do the Artem Anisimov rifle celebration if he scores as a paypack for Rupp showing up Jagr and neither Claude Girioux nor Scott Hartnell had any idea what Rupp had done. How did those guys not either see that or have been told it happened during the second intermission? Also loved that they were anticipating being jumped by the Rangers if van Riemsdyk did it and decided who each guy was going to fight. That was some unreal insight.
What also struck me was how important it was for these guys to play in the Winter Classic. And you didn't have to look any further than this line from Brandon Prust after Michael Del Zotto was sucker punched by Florida's Tomas Kopecky...
"My first thought was to jump on him and beat the f-ck out of him. I didn't want to get suspended for the Winter Classic, ya know? I tried to restrain myself."
Wow. Also loved Del Zotto wanting to know who stuck up for him.
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And while I thought Torts' comments on the waiving of Sean Avery were complete B.S., I found it interesting that he was aware of all the criticism he's received on his handling of "The Grate One."
By the way, how drunk was Dubi when introducing his grandfather on New Year's Eve? Just a little bit of slurring...
Another great film session scene where Torts almost killed the film guy Jerry when the projector went out and he gave some tough love to Anton Stralman, which I thought was very motivating. Great cameo by Jim Schoenfeld in that scene when he gives Jerry the film guy the business for the projector malfunction...
"Jerry's in a pile of sh-t, do da, do da."
From the Winter Classic schwag department, how pimp were the Rangers sweatshirts? Where do I get one?...
On the Flyers side, I thought Girioux stole the show for them, but what was up with him jawing at Anisimov about not interfering on the faceoff. Doesn't he know the Rangers winger probably couldn't understand I word he was saying. I also loved when Girioux begs Hank to let him score during the first period of the Winter Classic.
It kills me to do it, but Hartnell calling Evgeni Malkin the "ugliest guy in the league" was genius, which was followed by another classic line when Max Talbot says he was speared in the penis (watch here).
And was it me or was Ilya Bryzgalov's act old by the end of the series?
Finally the Liev Schreiber monologue at the end was amazing...
Seriously, how was Sather not in this?
The game didn't have the same amount of importance, but everytime I see it. I can't help but think of the 94 finals when Richter stoped Bure. Let's Go Rangers!!!
I think Brian Boyle was pretty hammered at the ugly sweater party too...It'd reat to see the human side of our guys....makes ya knida wish ya could go get a few beers with them guys...
that was Torts that said "no shaking hands?" I thought it was a Flyer. It seemed like the teams were supposed to shake hands afterwards and the Flyers got tired of waiting for the Rangers. Also, what the heck did Dubi's grandfather say during the toast? Missed that.
What, no comments on Dubi digging for gold during the video session before the Panthers game?! He got a lot of (friendly) ribbing over on twitter. Funniest thing was Dubi responded last night saying everyone does it, haha! Laughed when Avery asked if the OJ was unlimited. I racked up a $50 tab of freshly squeezed lemonade once in Vegas because I didn't ask. Who serves $8 worth of juice in a champagne glass anyway - Emeril Lagasse does!
I thought I saw Sather & Checketts at the very end in the locker room right before Lundqvist gives Rupp the hat?
MDZ asking if it was Dubi that stuck up for him speaks volumes to me about what Dubi means to his teammates, knowing that he will always have their backs. I don't think he was even on the ice when it happened, was he?
Cally poking Staal with the mic was pretty funny.
My wife, who likes the Flyers but is not a fanatic, thought it was funny during the game that Hank swatted Giroux's stick. It was great to hear the banter on why he did it.
LOVED Cally's reaction to the double penalty!
Tort's speach after the Washington loss made me want to go out and beat the Panthers!
Sather was in it, he and Dolan made a split second cameo to congratulate the team after the win...LOL!!!
Why was there no coverage of the Alumni game or the players interacting with some of the greats?
Kevin, I'm not saying this to be a jerk... "Jerry the video guy" is Jerry Dineen (brother of Kevin, Panther's Coach and longtime NHLer). Jerry Dineen has been with the rangers almost 20 years...Thats a must know!!!
Totally right about Bryzgalov. By the end he was pretty much doing his best Capitol Ones's "Peggy.". What a basket case, and it doesn't bode well for their goaltending situation which hasn't been right since Pelle Lindburgh.
What I took away most was the stark contrast between the the teams. The Rangers seemed much more serious and business like while the Flyers came across as clowns, especially last night. Planning goal celebrations. Really? How'd that work out.
And the coaches...Torts came across as all business: a good coach, motivator, disciplinarian and manager of a personalities while Laviolette was a walking bag of cliches. I think the teams really reflect there coaches.
Great job HBO.
@thenyrblog Good piece. It's not you. I tired of Bryz after EP 1. On mission to find #NYR classic sweatshirt. Loved 'em.
I don't know if it was so much that Bryz's act got old. I felt like he was just miserable by the end because he's playing like crap. It also doesn't seem like he really gets along with any of his teammates. At least that's how it looked on the show. If that's the case, it's a shame they signed him to such a long deal.
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@thenyrblog I thought it was the Flyers saying to get off the ice, not Torts.
@cb1 Unless I'm completely wrong, it sounded like Torts. Plus they were showing the Rangers when the audio came on.
@cb1 he said Drink Up lol
@NYRdieHARD87 Yeah, I know who he is, but not sure most others do. Guess I should have given him more props.
@AnnoyingJoe - I'm w you, Joe. The Flyers planning their would-be goal situation showed me they weren't gonna win. On the other hand, had they scored, that would have been some kind of comeback.
When they went on to talk about who they would take in the ensuing fight, one of the Flyers asked who was gonna take Boyle. I didnt hear anyone answer.
@BKNY1999 That looks like the one. Wonder if you can get a number on it like the players have. Hmmmm.
@edvinlofgren No video yet.
@thenyrblog Found it!
@CinciMike - as for Voros, sure he can take punches from anybody!