24/7 Road to the Winter Classic: Best moments of Episode 4

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With the airing of the final episode of HBO’s 24/7 Red Wings/Maple Leafs: Road to the Winter Classic, the book is officially closed on what was a terrific event for the NHL.

Unfortunately, this year’s 24/7 didn’t quite have those extremely memorable moments that came out in previous seasons. That said, it was still an interesting look inside two teams and a nice break from the monotony of what we hear through the watered down commentary in post-game interviews and press conferences.

The final episode of the Red Wings and Maple Leafs’ edition of 24/7 had a few memorable points, most of which included Phil Kessel, who may have been the series’ breakout star as he's often one of the most misunderstood players in the league. Here’s a look at some of the best from Episode 4.

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- 24/7 went inside the apartment of teammates/roommates Tyler Bozak and the aforementioned Kessel, after an intro featuring the two being overly-complimentary of each other after Bozak’s first practice back from injury. It’s a look at Kessel that the public pretty much never gets…

- Daniel Cleary lost a few teeth last week when he got a puck to the face. We already saw what it looked like from the broadcast cameras, but now it gets the 24/7 treatment. Let’s just say Cleary wasn’t real happy about the massive amount of dental work he required. He also needed stitches and the cameras are with him the whole way.

- You may recall the epic ping pong battle between Phil Kessel and Dion Phaneuf from Episode 2. Well, Episode 4 brought forth the rematch and let’s just say Kessel vs. Phaneuf II lived up to the hype. SPOILER ALERT: Phaneuf wins again and Kessel doesn't like it again.

 - Fast forward to the day of the Winter Classic. One of the Maple Leafs’ busses was caught in some bad traffic on the way to the game and arrived to Michigan Stadium much later than the first bus. When Randy Carlyle lightly razzes Kessel, who often gets a ride from Bozak wherever he goes, Kessel’s comeback is unoriginal, but effective.

There were plenty of nice images from the game as well, including some more in-depth looks at some of the game’s biggest moments from Joffrey Lupul’s cross-check on Patrick Eaves, to Bozak’s reviewed goal that gave the Maple Leafs the lead in the third period.

Generally, it was another episode that wasn’t terribly compelling compared to previous seasons, but again, it’s still a great show. There’s just not many other chances to see these kinds of things about teams and players. I think it's safe to say we'd gladly welcome it again next year.

CBS Sports Writer

Chris Peters has been a hockey writer for CBS Sports since 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for numerous outlets and edited the United States of Hockey blog, covering the sport at all levels. Peters also... Full Bio

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