The Boston pro sports teams have come to really support each other during their respective playoff runs as the championships and title runs have come and gone in the City of Champions, and the Boston Bruins are no different.
So it was no surprise when the New England Patriots were spotted at a summer camp session wearing Boston Bruins gear on Friday, and Bill Belichick sported a Boston Bruins hat while saying he’s a big fan of the B’s “style of play.”
— NESN (@NESN) June 4, 2021
No question that Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand are Belichick’s type of pro athletes, and the Bruins for their part say that getting support from teams like the New England Patriots gives them a little extra boost. It’s not every day the greatest head coach in NFL history heaps praise on anybody or anything, so the Boston Bruins are understandably pumped.
“I’ve kept in touch with Bill here and there, during playoff runs for both teams, as well as Brad (Stevens) and Alex (Cora). I heard from all of them after our first-round win. I think it’s great that the teams are rooting for each other,” said Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy. “It’s a good sort of competition for each team to have good playoff runs. It forces the other organizations to continue to excel. Obviously, the Patriots have been the team that’s had the most success. We want to follow in their footsteps and raise some banners as well. I think it’s great.”
“I think Bill is a hockey fan. He (waved) the [fan] banner here a few years ago during the playoff run against St. Louis. He came in early. We chatted. I really enjoy his company. I know he’s got work to do with his team. Nice of him to take time out to lift the Bruins. We appreciate it. Hopefully, we can keep him happy.”
It remains to be seen if the support works as the Bruins prepare for Saturday night’s Game 4 at Nassau Coliseum where they could take a decisive 3-to-1 lead in the best-of-seven playoff series, but there’s a good feeling in Boston when the pro teams all band together for any kind of common cause through their respective seasons.
Now on to the BHN Puck Links:
*Brandon Carlo is “day-to-day” after taking a nasty hit from Cal Clutterbuck, but let’s hope the B’s take their time with his return just based on his concussion history alone. (Boston Hockey Now)
*There are some that believe Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher needs to trade their No. 1 pick for an established player given where they are in their development as a contender. (Philly Hockey Now)
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Adrian Dater has the details on a horrendous effort from the Colorado Avalanche, who were due for a stinker apparently. (Colorado Hockey Now)
*A belated welcome to FOHs Kevin Allen and Bob Duff as they are embarking on the Hockey Now journey in Detroit. Good luck, fellas! (Detroit Hockey Now)
*The Winnipeg Jets traded for Pierre-Luc Dubois to get a player that could step in situations like they are exactly in right now. So now it’s up to PLD to step up for the Jets with Mark Scheifele suspended and on the sidelines. (The Athletic)
*Speaking of the Jets, FOH Don Brennan has some tough words for George Parros and the suspension of four games for Scheifele. (Ottawa Sun)
*Larry Brooks goes really heavy on the hockey gods being the biggest factor in the Bruins defeating the Islanders in Game 3. Sure that played a role, but let’s also not forget the Bruins outshot the Isles 2-to-1 and dominated most of the game. The B’s are a better hockey team, Larry. That’s why they eventually won. (New York Post)
*Credit where it’s due to the Tampa Bay Lightning for a pretty solid edition of “mean tweets.”
Mean tweets, but #Bolts edition…
Here comes Charged Tweets 🤣 pic.twitter.com/eqUtUBePBe
— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) May 29, 2021
*For something completely different: It is amazing to me how much of a mess the 1986 New York Mets team is all these years later. How the heck did they beat the Red Sox back then? (New York Post)