Last night’s episode of EPIX Presents Road to the NHL Stadium Series Brought To You By Coors Light was non-stop action from the very first minute.
If you are a casual San Jose Sharks fan you may not know who the real Todd McLellan is. After watching episode 3 we learn his vocabulary includes excessively using the F-word. He is a very passionate coach that uses his words to motivate his players to perform to their potential. The San Jose Sharks have been struggling on the powerplay all season and episode 3 really highlights McLellan’s frustration in the lack of execution.
For the Los Angeles Kings, they are building momentum to make that late season playoff run. In episode 3 we see the Kings hold on for a 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.
This episode differs from episodes 1 and 2 because we saw a lot of raw emotion and a sense of urgency from both teams. The San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings are at a pivotal point in the season in which a losing streak can mean the difference in being on the outside looking in.
What made this episode really stand out to me are the fight scenes. The outstanding camera work made the viewer feel like they were part of the fight. During the fight between Kyle Clifford and Troy Brouwer I found myself ducking and dodging from my living room. Most fans think fighting in hockey is just about taking out your hatred and frustration out on other players. In some cases you are right. However, in episode 3 when Clifford skates off the ice we learn that isn’t the case. As he speaks to Anze Kopitar we learn Clifford used the fight as a way to motivate his team.
Episode 3 also takes time to pay homage to the things that help these players deal with the stress of the grueling NHL season when they’re not on the ice. For most players family is the glue that holds everything together.
For the Los Angeles King’s Kyle Clifford, his son and dog make everything worthwhile.
For the San Jose Shark’s Marc-Édouard Vlasic his wife and three dogs provide something to look forward to every time he comes home from being on the road.
Tune in next week for the exciting conclusion of EPIX Presents Road to the NHL Stadium Series Brought To You By Coors Light.