FOXBORO -- Just because Bill Belichick was busy planning the future of the Patriots franchise on Thursday night doesn't mean he didn't have time to keep up with playoff hockey.
The Patriots still hadn't made their selection of Florida defensive lineman Dominique Easley at No. 29 in the first round of the NFL Draft when Matt Fraser scored the game-winning goal in overtime for the Bruins to beat the Canadiens in Montreal in Game 4 of their second-round series, 1-0.
As a result, Belichick missed the play. But he heard about it and offered the Bruins his congratulations at his post-first-round press conference at Gillette Stadium.
"No, we didn’t," Belichick said when asked if he had seen any of the game. "We really didn’t until after we were done. They won in overtime, right? Goal from the guy they brought up today. That’s good personnel management by [general manager] Peter [Chiarelli] and [coach] Claude [Julien]. Hats off to them. That’s great. That’s great coming back here now tied up. Tough to win there in Montreal, too, so that’s a big win for them. That’s great. Congratulations to them."
Just goes to show that even when Belichick's mind is consumed with his own job, he continues to have a genuine interest in the other local pro sports teams in New England. And, of course, if there's ever a person to appreciate a sound roster move, it's him.