Bruins in celebratory mood following Red Sox World Series win
Like many of their fellow Bostonians and fellow pro sports peers, the Bruins entered Monday’s practice at Warrior Ice Arena in a celebratory mood.
Who can blame them after the Red Sox clinched their fourth World Series victory in the last 15 years following their Game 5 clincher in Los Angeles less than 24 hours ago?
“I think it’s great. I’m happy for them; they had a great season,” head coach Bruce Cassidy said during the opening remarks of his daily press conference. “They were the best team, they played like it [all year long] and they deserve it.”
The Bruins hardly had a Sox-like performance against the Montreal Canadiens. But the Sox run was a fine distraction in their first practice since Saturday night.
A handful of Bruins, including Cassidy and Jake DeBrusk, stayed up to watch the postgame celebrations. Even those who opted for bedtime had smiles on their faces.
“It was pretty special. Obviously watching the celebration — and everything the city did last night — was pretty crazy,” DeBrusk said. “It’s a good time in Boston, and I’m obviously happy that they won. It’s something that gives you a little motivation as well; seeing them all come together and getting the job done. So it was nice to see and it was nice for the city as well.”
It’s also a good time for Torey Krug, a transplanted Sox fan — after growing up in Michigan — who will likely return to the Bruins’ lineup in Carolina Tuesday night following his ankle injury.
“It was fun to watch,” said Krug, who named his dog after the legendary home of the Red Sox. “It obviously made for a lot of late nights, but it was fun, and it was good to see them win.”
Boston loves its winners. Their passion carries over to the Bruins, Celtics and Patriots. All three teams have a legitimate shot at capturing another championship to close out the decade.
The uber-tough Atlantic Division makes the Bruins’ path much tougher compared to the Celtics and Patriots. Neither are sure bets to win their respective titles, but getting there shouldn’t be as difficult. The Celtics are the Eastern Conference favorites following LeBron James’ departure to LA, while the Pats have a good shot, again, at winning the AFC.
But there’s one thing the Bruins, Celtics and Patriots have in common: a Duck Boat parade in season’s end.
“Obviously it pushes the other three major [pro sports] franchises,” Cassidy added, “and we’d love to be able to follow in their footsteps.”