Not all of the Capitals players and staff members watched the first episode of HBO's "24/7" last night -- owner Ted Leonsis and Coach Bruce Boudreau both said they hadn't seen the show -- but for those who did, the sting of seeing some of the worst parts of this current losing streak on TV wasn't as awful as it could have been.
The players already lived through the speeches by Boudreau and assistant coach Dean Evason that the show included. But they also got to see just how down and out they appeared during games that occurred less than a week ago.
"We can kind of look at each other on TV and say, 'oh we look down,' you know," Mike Green said. "There's nothing to be down about. We're going to be alright....It does [help to see it], I think. It was interesting. You really get to take a look at how you were in a certain moment and really, now that you look back on it, it's not that big of a deal. We need to stay positive and have a different outlook."
Said Mike Knuble: "They didn't beat [the bad games] to death, which was good. They didn't really focus on them, they were just kind of 45-second segments and on our end, that was probably pretty good to just kind of get through that part. It's teams on two different levels right now and contrasting story lines -- we look down a little bit in the piece, and we should be, given what's going on here. But it's not dialed down all the time."
Knuble also noted that he was impressed with how quickly HBO produced the show, and that what was included in the first episode wasn't very old at all. A fact that he thinks might be good for showing a looser side of the Capitals, perhaps as soon as next week's episode.
"It's only a day or two old by the time they get it out on TV," Knuble said. "We're approaching two games here, and we could be a different team by Sunday night when they finish stuff for the second one."