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Easily topping the list are the two stars of each respective team. Many fans are sick and tired of the coverage these two superstars receive, but like it or not they are the faces of the NHL.
Having said that, both of them are shown in a light that we have never seen before. Each player had their moments of raw profanity and in-your-face confrontations. I'm not sure how many other leagues would allow their prized assets to be shown this way, but this is part of the appeal of the show.
During a scoring chance Sidney Crosby was interfered with and let's just say he wasn't happy about the non-call. I'm not going to repeat what he had to say to the referee Kelly Sutherland after the play, but he used more F-bombs per second than Bruce Boudreau's infamous speech. If he was worried about his reputation as a whiner, this clip isn't going to help his cause.
Thankfully for him, bitching to the referee is a common practice by most players. Soon after, Alexander Ovechkin was called for a penalty that he didn't agree with. I didn't rewind the tape, but he directed almost as many F-bombs towards Sutherland as Crosby did.
Ok so swearing isn't the biggest revelation in the world, but how often do we get to see the league's best battle it out like this on Hockey Night in Canada or Versus?
They both share an intense passion for the game and HBO did a great job at capturing it in its glorious, uncensored form.
One can only hope that the series finale is as good as the previous three episodes....