One of the great parts of HBO's 24/7: Road to the Winter Classic series is that it captures so much of the on-ice conversations fans are so rarely privy to. The second episode of this year's edition of the popular show granted one of the more candid conversations it's ever gotten a hold of.
In a very chippy game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Toronto Maple Leafs, Sidney Crosby and Dion Phaneuf had a conference with the officials at center ice as things began to get out of hand. That comes at the 1:54 mark of the video below after some set up of how things had gotten out of hand.
As is always going to be the case with a 24/7 video: NSFW Language Warning
Crosby took exception with Nazem Kadri's attempted hit earlier in the game, though Crosby dished a punch himself in that fracas. Phaneuf disagreed with Crosby's take. You can judge for yourself as the clip that sparked the argument is at about 46-second mark of the video.
Here's how the conversation went, though.
Crosby: “Guy's running me with an elbow up into my head, too, that's OK too?”
Phaneuf: “Who Did?”
Crosby: “Kadri. [expletive] domed me. Then he acts like he got shot.”
Phaneuf: “You [expletive] hit me from behind, Sid.”
Crosby: “I did not, come on. I don't even hit anybody. I haven't hit anybody this year.”
Phaneuf: “Yeah, but you wouldn't like it if I pushed you like that.”
Crosby: “Probably not, but you do it all day anyway.”
Phaneuf: “I got a job to do, too, with ya.”
Crosby: “Yeah, well Kadri's a [expletive] joke.”
This is the kind of stuff you want to see on 24/7. It's great theater and shows the league's biggest star in a more natural light, without the filter. It's great TV.