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HBO posts first episode of 24/7 Road to the Winter Classic: Toronto Maple Leafs v Detroit Red Wings

Via RedWingsFeed, I didn't think that HBO would do this, but they've posted the first episode of 24/7, Road to the Winter Classic: Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Detroit Red Wings on their YouTube channel:

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Alan's avatar

I wasn’t even remotely interested in 24/7 until I saw this post. Thanks for sharing!

Now, I’ll have to find a way to see the rest of ‘em!

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 12/17/13 at 12:59 AM ET

Crater's avatar

Wow, way to go HBO! I already managed to… acquire a copy, but I commend them.

Posted by Crater from SoCal on 12/17/13 at 01:00 AM ET

d ca's avatar

Really was not impressed by this 1st episode…hopefully this was setting things up because I’d hate to have the highlight being boring off ice discussions…

I think the NHL Network version following Nick Lidstrom 2 years ago was better and gave you a better glimpse into the team…and the superstar glimpses

really, really don’t need to watch players in a restaurant discussing when Pavel is going to be back…

but at least it gave me yet another reason to hate the Maple Leaves (sic) ...

Posted by d ca on 12/17/13 at 02:31 AM ET

George Malik's avatar

I said this on Saturday: this episode “showed and didn’t tell.” There was far, far, far too much narration and far too much place-setting and context-setting. I was glad that everyone saw what a straight-shooter Babcock is but other than that and the Alfredsson vignette, I wasn’t impressed.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 12/17/13 at 02:49 AM ET

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I will say this: Kyle Quincey’s, “We won’t do shots but we’ll do fish tacos!” is another chapter in the legend of the Ice Cream Truck Driver.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 12/17/13 at 02:49 AM ET

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There was far, far, far too much narration and far too much place-setting and context-setting.

I think that’s a symptom of the lack of stories and interesting personalities than it is a cause.  The last two versions set up interesting characters almost immediately and very simply.

Posted by Garth on 12/17/13 at 08:37 AM ET

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Way too much Dan Cleary, way too little Pavel Datsyuk or Hank Zetterberg.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 12/17/13 at 09:22 AM ET

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Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 12/17/13 at 08:22 AM ET

Seems like the motto for this season…

Posted by Garth on 12/17/13 at 09:49 AM ET

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