The final installment of HBO's examination of the rivalry between the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins airs at 10 p.m. Wednesday. The series didn't give away much about the game we didn't already know, writes columnist Tracee Hamilton, but it did produce compelling television that was a win for everyone involved:
If you're a fan of the Caps, Penguins or hockey in general, you've probably watched the first three episodes, you'll watch the fourth and you probably didn't learn anything you didn't already know about hockey in any of them. But you got some inside looks at some of your favorite players' personalities, and you got a feel for the rhythm of their lives. And you found out that Caps Coach Bruce Boudreau isn't always the happy-go-lucky guy you've seen on TV, hawking cars and copiers and carpet cleaners. Not since "The Sopranos" has HBO given us so many F-words in a 60-minute show. George Carlin would have been impressed by the expletive-slinging coach.