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Rangers take early lead on '24/7' stage

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08:22 AM ET 12.15 | Stars of HBO's "24/7" series included Ilya Bryzgalov, Artem Anisimov and the F-bomb. Both teams received ample time on camera, but outside of Bryzgalov, the Rangers seemed to carry Episode 1 with great one-liners, quality storylines and some interesting in-game decisions by John Tortorella. We found out he considered benching Henrik Lundqvist Dec. 5 against the Maple Leafs, but assistant coach Mike Sullivan advised against it. We saw Tortorella's frustration with Marian Gaborik last Saturday in Buffalo when he limited the winger's playing time. "Are you going to stop on one ------- puck tonight?" Tortorella said to Gaborik, dropping one of nine F-bombs during the episode.

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December 15, 2011  08:46 AM ET

So the most F-bombs wins? What about the actual game?

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December 15, 2011  09:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Damn, totally forgot this was on last night.

I recorded it and I'll watch it when I'm done with the reruns of Rhoda.

December 15, 2011  09:50 AM ET

I absolutely love this HBO series. The Caps and Pens was great viewing , and based on last nights episode this is once again must see tv in my man cave

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December 15, 2011  10:09 AM ET

I saw it too. I liked one of Torts comments about players spending too much time on the training table.

December 15, 2011  10:14 AM ET

Really well done by HBO. I like how they tried to get different guys from each team into it with their own personal storylines and then went back to the team aspect of it all. Hearing Torts rip on Gabby was pretty cool, then he scores right after (I was at that game). All in all, I was impressed and can't wait for next weeks episode.

December 15, 2011  10:29 AM ET

I want to watch this just so I can watch Torts act like a complete lunatic.

December 15, 2011  10:30 AM ET

I'm glad this is on HBO. I missed it last night, but they will repeat it a few times before the next episode airs. I'm glad to hear the positive feedback here. Makes me look forward to it even more.

December 15, 2011  10:31 AM ET

Haven't had a chance to watch it, but the 2 reviews I saw said it was missing one thing...the Caps and BB. Said the rest seemed like the PR talked to the teams to make sure they watched what they said. Have it on DVR so will watch today.

December 15, 2011  10:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

So the most F-bombs wins? What about the actual game?

Why is the game on Monday the 2nd this year?

December 15, 2011  10:48 AM ET

I just hope both teams keep playing well so the Winter Classic is one to remember....

December 15, 2011  10:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

So the most F-bombs wins? What about the actual game?

The world can hardly wait to watch the Averhole in the dressing room 24/7. Hell! That'll be almost as exciting as watching the Kardashians family for a whole week!

December 15, 2011  11:07 AM ET

I think he is a true Metrosexual Hipster.....def. mani/pedi's and a Murse

December 15, 2011  11:12 AM ET

Go Rangers.

December 15, 2011  11:18 AM ET
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Why is the game on Monday the 2nd this year?

Last day of the NFL regular season is Jan 1.

December 15, 2011  11:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Why is the game on Monday the 2nd this year?

Not sure but I'd bet it's because the Eagles play their last home game of the year on the 1st.

Having the WC on the 2nd gives that game attention that won't be diverted to NFL football...not to mention the fact that it avoids the cluster **** of having @100,000 people in the stadium area all at the same time!

December 15, 2011  11:27 AM ET
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I want to watch this just so I can watch Torts act like a complete lunatic.

You mean being himself!

December 15, 2011  11:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Last day of the NFL regular season is Jan 1.

Got it.

Thanks!

 
December 15, 2011  11:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

You mean being himself!

Fine with me and fine with HBO. Torts equals ratings. I just hope he doesn't get a big head about the whole thing and get fired next season! <cough Gabby cough>

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