The HBO series "24/7" returned Wednesday night to begin another four-week immersion with the two teams headed for the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic. This time it is "24/7 Flyers/Rangers" heading for Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia on Jan. 2. Fans of last year's "Penguins/Capitals" version will immediately begin comparing and contrasting.
Yes, there is profanity from a coach -- notably from the New York Rangers
' John Tortorella -- but in more measured doses than Bruce Boudreau
of the Capitals, who inspired bloggers last December to keep a running tab of his four-letter terms. You will likely surmise Tortorella's cursing is more effective, at least from your benchside view, as Tortorella chews out forward Marian Gaborik
, who responds by going out to score an important third-period goal in a win.
Oh, definitely, there are characters emerging from this December's first episode that will make you laugh over the next four weeks. None is more likely to make you snort than 31-year-old Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov
. It is not a stretch to connect the dots between "Bryz" (as his coach, Peter Laviolette
, calls him when announcing the starting lineup to the team) and, say, Robin Williams -- Williams ad-libs his way through life (and movies), and it appears Bryzgalov might just be a similar scene-stealer every time he shows up on "24/7 Flyers-Rangers: Road to the NHL Winter Classic."