Category Archives: HBO’s 24/7

Hatred and Violence Are at the Heart of Our Sport, and Sunday All the World Saw It

In their bloodlust, Arabs and Jews have nothing on the Flyers and Penguins. (Isn’t it grand!) Really, in a relative sense, what transpired on the ice in Philadelphia yesterday made the Middle East seem one big, happy, if diverse, family. … Continue reading

Posted in HBO's 24/7, Hockey fights, Morning cup-a-joe, NHL playoffs, Old Time Hockey, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Sidney Crosby | 24 Comments

Size, of Body and Heart, Matters — Especially in 2012

Instructive moment: Rangers’ captain Ryan Callahan, made captain at so tender an age partly out of his affinity for playing December hockey games like they’re game 7s in May, blocked a John Carlson slapshot at the point the other night, … Continue reading

Posted in Dale Hunter, George McPhee, HBO's 24/7, Jeff Schultz, Morning cup-a-joe, New Jersey Devils, New media, New York Rangers, Old Time Hockey, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, The Great Old Patrick Division | 6 Comments

The Wait Is Over: 24/7 on DVD

HBO’s highly-anticipated release of 24/7 Penguins/Capitals: Road to the NHL Winter Classic on DVD is finally here. OFB received an advance copy, which we were pleased to review. Continue reading

Posted in HBO's 24/7, Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals, Winter Classic 2011 | 4 Comments

Renewed Questions of Leadership

Deep into Tuesday night, a prominent member of Washington’s hockey media, referencing the Boston Bruins’ effort in game 2 of the Eastern conference finals, emailed me this reflection: “This is what a desperate team is supposed to look like down … Continue reading

Posted in Boston Bruins, Eastern Conference, Ed Frankovic, Front Office, George McPhee, HBO's 24/7, hockey blogging, Morning cup-a-joe, New media, NHL playoffs, Pittsburgh Penguins, Tampa Bay Lightning, Washington Capitals | 19 Comments

My Kingdom for a Competent Line Change!

How does a team with so much talent suffer fortunes so stinging spring after spring after spring? My kingdom for a competent line change! A horrific line change ended game 2; game 3’s first power play, which produced an ever … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Bruce Boudreau, Eastern Conference, Front Office, HBO's 24/7, Hockey hearts, Montreal Canadiens, Morning cup-a-joe, NHL playoffs, Tampa Bay Lightning, Washington Capitals | 21 Comments

Memo to the Revisionists: It Was a Tale of Two Seasons

How will you remember the 2010-11 Capitals’ regular season? I ask because at least one prominent person in town – the team owner — thinks that to date I’ve judged his team too harshly on the campaign. My critique began near the end of last summer, when I observed management execute a largely passive approach to roster improvement in the offseason, while East rivals Pittsburgh and Philly aggressively improved. Not that I’m a throw-mad-money-at-free-agents kind of guy; never have been, never will be. But if you’ve just been vanquished in round one, as the Caps were last April, and you sit on your hands all summer, rest assured your conference peers will gain ground on you.

Through about 50 games into 2010-11, there was plenty of ground-gaining, you’ll recall. For instance: the Caps, having won the Southeast division title just a year ago by 40 points, trailed the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Southeast in late February. That’s ground-gaining alright. And it’s not as if Tampa in the offseason acquired Bobby Orr and Mr. Hockey in their prime. Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Brooks Laich, Bruce Boudreau, Dennis Wideman, Front Office, George McPhee, HBO's 24/7, Jason Arnott, Marco Sturm, Marcus Johansson, Mike Green, Mike Knuble, Morning cup-a-joe, National Hockey League, Scott Hannan, Ted Leonsis, Washington Capitals | 16 Comments

‘Saturday Night Caps’ Blogger Insights

This past Saturday night I joined Off Wing Opinion’s Eric McErlain, Comcast Sportsnet’s hockey blogger Ben Raby, and veteran Capitals’ radio reporter Jonathon Warner in studio for Federal News Radio’s ‘Saturday Night Caps.’ Federal News Radio is the flagship station … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Ben Raby, Comcast SportsNet, Eric McErlain, Federal News Radio, HBO's 24/7, hockey blogging, Jonathan Warner, Media, OFB, Radio, Washington Capitals, Washington the hockey town, Winter Classic 2011 | Leave a comment