Although the Boston Bruins couldn’t quite pull off a comeback like the New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox did on Sunday night (They nearly did, barely missing a chance to even a game against the Detroit Red Wings at 3 in the third period Monday after falling behind 3-1), the defending Eastern Conference champions are excited for their fellow Boston squads.
“There’s no doubt it does,” Bruins head coach Claude Julien told Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston when asked about those victories motivating his squad. “It was a pretty exciting day and it makes athletes feel excited about wanting to go out and beat those types of teams, but at the same time we’re playing a Detroit team that I’m sure is still upset about the [4-1 loss last week]. I know they weren’t happy about their game, so there’s no doubt we’re going to see a different Red Wings team today.”
Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens echoed those statements.
“That was great, wasn’t it?” Stevens told Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston. “I have to admit, I fell asleep at the end of the Red Sox game. I’m sad to say that, but I woke up as they were celebrating. I don’t know exactly how it happened, but I’m looking forward to watching the YouTube of it. And I saw [Patriots' game-winning] drive. I saw Brady was operating like a surgeon on that last drive, that was really something.”
Game 3 of the American League Championship Series between the Red Sox and Detroit Tigers is Tuesday at 4:00 pm EST. The Patriots will hit the road to take on the New York Jet at 1:00 pm EST Sunday. The Bruins will be in Florida to take on the Panthers Thursday. The Celtics will start the regular season in Toronto against the Raptors on October 30.