It's hard to summarize just how good this series was. I thought it portrayed all aspects of the sport that it should have. The finesse, the brutality and the cold business of it all.
One can only hope that the ratings are good enough that they can do it again next year. I wouldn't object to them doing this feature on the Winter Classic teams every season. If this indeed comes to pass then the NHL could be entering an unprecedented time in the history of the game.
It's not very often that the league enjoys this kind of success in the big, bad world of media exposure. While the Winter Classic game itself wasn't a very good representation of what the game has to offer, the event itself along with HBO's hit series are additional building blocks in the rise to relevancy.
The very last shot of the series was Penguins jerseys tumbling in the wash which was the perfect bookend to the exact same shot with Capitals jerseys that opened the series. You'll have to watch the show to know what the symbolism was behind it, but it is a testament to the thought that went into this from the people who filmed this series.
The only bad thing about 24/7 is that it's over.