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HBO 24/7 Maple Leafs/Red Wings Episode 2 (full video)

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Episode 1 of HBO 24/7 was a bit of a disappointment, though definitely still worth watching.

Episode 2 had a lot of great moments and lived up to the high standards of the series. I don’t want to spoil anything, so just go ahead and watch. Enjoy:

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HBO 24/7 Maple Leafs/Red Wings Episode 1 (full video)

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I finally got around to watching my favourite television show that comes around once a year. I’m talking about the third season of HBO 24/7 Road to the Winter Classic.

Fans were robbed of this show last year due to the lockout shortened season, but it’s back.

Episode 1 wasn’t the best we have ever seen from 24/7 (hard to compete with Boudreau’s antics, Bryzgalov’s oddities or Tortorella’s tirades), but it had some good moments. At minimum, the show consistently gives a glimpse of what it is really like to be a player or coach in the National Hockey League.

You can watch it on Sportsnet in Canada on Sunday evenings, but they will bleep out all of the swear words. I think the show loses something when they censor it, but that’s what the internet is for!

Here is 24/7, episode 1 as seen on HBO:

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The 2013 Shapys

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The 3rd annual Shapys happened on Sunday evening. For those of you not in the know, the Shapys are a fictional awards show that have a whole lot of meaning with a large group of Canucks fans on Twitter.

Still confused? I don’t blame you. The Shapys were named after the “shap crew”, which are a group of Canucks fans on Twitter that use a whole bunch of other made up words such as shap and milt and call just about everyone “b” (don’t bother looking these up on urban dictionary, that’s a definition for something else). As far as I can tell, the whole “shap movement” was started by @MarioMontega (who still doesn’t follow yours truly, what’s up with that?) and Vitamin_V12 on Twitter. That has spread more and more each year, with Canucks fans not only using fictional words (that’s not all shap is about), but having the shap attitude. The shap crew is anti-AV, anti-stats milts and anti-Iain MacIntyre. They’re pro-Botch, pro-Al Strachan and pro-”the lit” too.

I don’t want to appear like I’m over-simplifying the shap crew, because it’s certainly complex (in a weird super random funny kind of way). There’s no easy way to explain it to friends that aren’t active on Twitter (believe me, I’ve tried). What I love about the shap crew is their sense of humour, their edge and their ability to keep it real.

So what is shap? You can’t explain it definitively. I’m not even sure if I’m a shapper myself. It’s probably like asking if you’re cool (if you have to ask, you aren’t). So I haven’t asked. For the moment, I consider myself a shap observer.

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Canucks vs Jets Game Preview – December 22, 2013

Photo Courtesy:  www.windsorstar.com

Photo Courtesy: www.windsorstar.com

The Vancouver Canucks finish off a 3 games in 4 nights stretch with a 5:00 PM PST Sunday night tilt vs the Winnipeg Jets at Rogers Arena. The Canucks will look to grab another 2 points against a Jets team they should beat, but the game before the Christmas break is often one best played on the road as it is yet another classic trap game.

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Canucks vs Blackhawks Game Preview – December 20, 2013

Image courtesy of Canucks.com

Image courtesy of Canucks.com

After their first regulation loss in nine games, the Canucks are right back at it and visiting the United Centre for their second game of back to backs. How will they respond to their first regulation loss in December? Read on to find out.

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Canucks vs Stars Game Preview – December 19, 2013

Image Courtesy:  stars.nhl.com

Image Courtesy: stars.nhl.com

The Vancouver Canucks look to begin a new winning streak at 5:30 PST Thursday night vs the Dallas Stars. Games like this used to be pretty vanilla, but the new conference alignment and playoff format has made intra-conference games ultra-important. It also gives us a chance to check out the Stars new jerseys (they are pretty sweet!).

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Why We Hate: The Chicago Blackhawks

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“Why we hate”: an ongoing series analyzing the teams, players, and things that piss Canucks fans off the most. Today’s edition is the Canucks opponent on Friday: the Chicago Blackhawks.

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Canucks vs Wild Game Preview – December 17, 2013

Image courtesy of the National Post

Image courtesy of the National Post

The Canucks are back and on the road after a stellar home stand where they went 5-0 and gained some traction in the Western Conference standings. How will the Canucks respond to playing in Minnesota after an epic battle with the much beloved Boston Bruins? Read on to find out:

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About Milan Lucic: enough already!

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Image Courtesy: CTV

If you weren’t paying attention to Twitter or sports radio today, you’re lucky. It was 2011 all over again with mud slinging all around. And why? The Canucks beat the Bruins 6-2 two nights ago (it feels good to write that), so you would think we could move on to more exciting things than which fan base is more classless and other arguments that are 2+ years old. This, all because some yahoo decided to get into a scuffle with Milan Lucic on Saturday night.

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Milan Lucic gets into an altercation outside a Vancouver nightclub

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Image Courtesy: thespokedblog.com

Apparently the Bruins didn’t leave town immediately after being pummeled 6-2 by the Canucks on Saturday night. Perhaps the only thing more embarrassing than the Bruins performance on the ice was Milan Lucic’s off the ice. But of course nobody could embarrass themselves more than Brad Marchand did

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