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10 memorable phrases from HBO 24/7 episode three

Dec 28, 2011, 11:50 PM EDT

Marian Gaborik AP

We’re now three episodes deep in “HBO 24/7 Flyers/Rangers: Road to the Winter Classic” and seven into the series overall. After a strong first and second episode, there are some rumblings of the third installment being a little weak.

Personally, I think that’s really just a testament of the high bar that’s already been set. Either way, there were some memorable moments to be found, as you’ll see in the top 10 phrases one might associate with episode three.

“Go [blank] yourself”

As expected, HBO captured the awkward exchange between Steve Ott and Peter Laviolette. Ott crowed about respect (and also had an odd trash-talking exchange with Claude Giroux), but Laviolette simply told him to … well, you know.

Christmas sweaters

The New York Rangers held an “ugly Christmas sweater” party that Brad Richards sharply compared to a Halloween party. The biggest highlight was Ryan Callahan‘s light-up sweater, but there were plenty of beauties.

Praise for Giroux

Everyone from Laviolette to Jaromir Jagr urged Claude Giroux to make his comeback. The most telling part about his excellence came in the locker room after his four-point return, though. Sure, he celebrated, but his teammates certainly didn’t seem surprised. In other words, they simply expect that from the genuine NHL star.

Gaborik’s Christmas tree

The episode took the hockey world deep into Marian Gaborik‘s life, as he did such important things like buying a Christmas tree. Naturally, hecklers couldn’t help but make injury jokes as he carried the tree to his apartment.

source: Getty Images“You’re irrelevant”

Speaking of jokes, HBO’s microphones captured some high-level chirping in episode three. Mike Rupp echoed Brandon Dubinsky‘s criticisms, calling a Philadelphia Flyers goon “irrelevant.”

“Like fantasy camp”

Brad Richards might be as bland as watching paint dry during interviews, but the star can trash talk with the best of them. He beat down a marginal Flyer by saying that playing in an NHL game must be “like fantasy camp” for him. Ouch.


Laviolette had some great moments in episode three, but his frequent requests for the Flyers to bring the jam might have some meme-generating potential.

War room

In episode two, HBO brought us into the officials’ own locker room. Episode three’s unique fly-on-the-wall moment came in the NHL’s war room, where goals are reviewed. It was another one of those intriguing little slices of professional hockey life that you won’t see anywhere else.

“Master motivators”

More and more, it seems like Laviolette and John Tortorella are great at their jobs. Sure, their messages are often profane, but Derek of the Pensblog was accurate in calling both of them “master motivators.”

Five faces of Bryzgalov

HBO went through most of the episode before finally going back to the series’ breakout star Ilya Bryzgalov. It was worth the wait, though, as his infamous Husky harassed is predictably hilarious son while Bryzgalov explained that he has “five faces.” It was a confusing way to say that he acts differently in public and in private, but as usual, it was also highly comical.


Some might say that another key phrase might be “filler,” but the previous 10 seem good enough to me. Were you happy with the latest hour from HBO? Are there any other phrases that might leak into your vocabulary? Feel free to share them in the comments.

  1. punkrulz24 - Dec 29, 2011 at 12:28 AM

    Thought it was a good episode as always although as a Flyers fan it was tough to see the losses. I definitely felt that the Ott / Laviolette exchange made Lavi look like a dick, which is contrary to when I watched the event happen I thought Ott should have given more respect to a coach…

    Then again, Ott is a dick especially with his “Look at, I’m in the top 5 for faceoffs. I’ll win this one” speech… yeah ok.

    • jthompson77 - Dec 29, 2011 at 12:49 AM

      Apparently Ott hasn’t checked recently…otherwise he’d see that he’s NOT #5, he’s #10…either way, Giroux still won THAT faceoff. LOL.

      • punkrulz24 - Dec 29, 2011 at 1:56 AM

        And that’s all that mattered. He let his actions do the speaking.

  2. nlucas550 - Dec 29, 2011 at 1:25 AM

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  3. danphipps01 - Dec 29, 2011 at 5:34 AM

    Five faces bear ten eyes
    Still, none track the puck
    Endless goals on Brysgalov

    A haiku.

    • theolgoaler - Dec 29, 2011 at 10:12 AM

      Hockey Haiku Time!

      Torts is bi-lingual
      Lav is tri-lingual
      English, French, and profanity

      • ready4jets - Dec 29, 2011 at 12:07 PM

        Haikus have 5 syllables, followed by 7, followed by 5. As in:

        The bright hockey minds
        Adeptly pursue all things
        Avoiding errors

  4. lsxphotog - Dec 29, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    This season has been simply terrific. Much more characters on these teams than Wash and Pitt.

  5. jpelle82 - Dec 29, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    best one liner was by jagr in the locker room before the ny game. giroux says it will be tough to get 4 pts in this building…jagr says “i did it”

  6. psujay - Dec 29, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    Apparently Bryz has recently been wearing his Leighton mask.

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