BOSTON -- In case you were wondering, Bruins head coach and diehard New England Patriots fan Claude Julien did stay up until the midnight hour watching on television as Tom Brady and the Patriots came back from down 24-0 to beat the Denver Broncos at a frigid Gillette Stadium, 34-31.
Many hardened Boston spots fans -- and many of the hearty Patriots fans that braved the freezing November temps to watch the game live in Foxboro -- checked out at halftime with the game looking like a one-sided blowout.
But Julien knows better than that after watching too many Boston sports comebacks, and experiencing one behind the bench when the Bruins came back from three goals down in the third period of Game 7 vs. the Maple Leafs last spring.
“It was a good thing they won because I was up late,” said Julien, with a big smile on his face. “I didn’t want to be one of those fans that halfway through said ‘They’re done.’ I stuck with it and I’m glad I did.”
Julien was also in the stands at Fenway Park more than once during the Red Sox' run to a World Series title so he clearly agrees with the Kevin Garnett credo when it comes to Boston sports and stirring comebacks: Anything is possible.