Bruins excited to see Pats, Sox comebacks

Bruins excited to see Pats, Sox comebacks
October 14, 2013, 1:00 pm
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BOSTON -- Bruins players are sports fans just like everybody else, and they were watching and cheering yesterday’s comebacks engineered by the Patriots and Red Sox just like everybody else.

Tom Brady threw to Kenbrell Thompkins in the closing seconds of the fourth quarter to give the Patriots a heart-stopping win over the high-powered New Orleans Saints. Hours later David Ortiz crushed a grand slam in the bottom of the eighth that helped the Sox get all the way back from down 5-0 to tie it. They beat the Tigers, 6-5, with a walk-off single from Jarrod Saltalamacchia in Game 2 of the ALCS.

It was enough to make a Boston sports fan feel like they’d taken a Hot Tub Machine back to 2004 when pro sports championships were raining down from the heavens. The Bruins had the day off from practice after holding their own comeback against the Blue Jackets on Saturday, and were pretty excited about the other local pro sports teams' comebacks.

“There was a lot of frustration, as a fan, it obviously ended up with some great comebacks and finishes,” said Milan Lucic. “Being able to be a part of the [comeback] last year with Game 7 against Toronto, and seeing that yesterday . . . when Big Papi hit that grand slam was the first time I’ve jumped out of my couch and cheered in a long, long time. It was a great day of New England sports watching.”

Claude Julien was actually at Fenway Park for the Sunday night’s Game 2, and stayed until the end so he could trade high fives with all of the fans sitting around him when Ortiz crushed the four-run homer into the home bullpen. The Bruins coach was a Sox and Patriots fan before even getting the bench job in Boston, so Sunday night was pretty enjoyable for him supporting the other Boston sports franchises.

“My high fives were going on just like everybody else,” said Julien. “What a day for Boston sports fans.”

Now it’s up to the Bruins to provide the exclamation point on the last 24 hours of sports nirvana in Boston with a Columbus Day matinee against the Detroit Red Wings set to get underway at TD Garden.