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SBD/December 22, 2011/Media
Rangers, Flyers Coaches' Differences Apparent In HBO's "24/7"
Published December 22, 2011
HITS & MISSES: ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun writes the "highlight of Episode 2, for me, has to be John Tortorella's frenetic rant after the first period of a loss" to the Blues. Tortorella "gets it on, steam coming out of his ears." LeBrun notes the lowlight "had to be the way the show dealt with Chris Pronger's bombshell news from last Thursday." LeBrun: "The show dropped the ball in my mind. It's understandable that Pronger wasn't available, but what about showing some kind of behind-the-scenes clip where Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette breaks the news to the team after their win over Montreal?" It is "important to note that both teams have the right to keep material out of the show on final edit." So if it is "indeed the Flyers that didn't want that private chat with the team about Pronger to be included, then you can't blame HBO" (ESPN.com, 12/22). YAHOO SPORTS' Greg Wyshynski writes "if anything, Episode 2 suffered by focusing too much off the ice." Wyshynksi: "It's not that the material wasn't compelling; it's just that the most candid and honest material is always going to emerge from the action on the ice and in the locker room -- as the episode's two classic coaching rants about effort and officiating (respectively) prove" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 12/22).