Buzz awaiting for the second episode of HBO's "24/7" escalated even more after the Capitals snapped their losing streak with a 3-2 win in Ottawa this past Sunday. People wanted to know what was said in the locker room in between the first and second period, what helped the Capitals turn around.
Well, if you saw the second episode last night (spoiler alert) you know that you were treated to not one but two in-game speeches. One by Coach Bruce Boudreau in the middle of the Ottawa contest as he told the Capitals to snap out of their slump.
"This is really an important period for this year," Boudreau said. "You've got to say 'It's [censored] over.' If you don't say it's [censored] over, then something bad can really [censored] happen. I don't think we want the bad things to happen. So let's get out of our [censored] funk and [censored] go and do it right now."
The other was from veteran right wing Mike Knuble, who may have stolen the show if not for the celebration to of all things a song by DJ Pauly D, in between periods against the Boston Bruins.
"Today, it's 3-0 and it will not [censored] be one of these laughers again," Knuble said. "It will not [censored] turn intoo a 5-0, 7-0 [censored] laugher. Where they're [censored] giggling getting out of their [censored] mess here. We are [censored] down 3-0 and we are going to come back and we're gonna [censored] win this thing. We're not [censored] going in the thank. That is enough right there. That's [censored] more than a year's worth. It's not going to happen again."
Viewers also got an inside look at Alex Ovechkin, who has been bothered by hamstring tightness, at home with his parents, some Capitals' pranks at dinner in Boston and insight from General Manager George McPhee on the slump the team weathered in December. Also, words do not do the image of Matt Hendricks' bruised and bloodied face justice. After the jump, vote for your favorite part of the episode.
FROM THE POST
The Capitals view Thursday's game against Pittsburgh as a test to show if they are on the correct path after snapping their eight-game losing streak.
A D.C. Sports Bog investigation on who started the "We want Pittsburgh!" chant at Verizon Center Tuesday night.
Dan Steinberg also has a full recap of the second episode of "24/7".
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