Pats Continue Tuesday's Celebration By Hitting Up TD Garden, Edelman Gronk-Spikes The Ceremonial First Puck Drop During Bergy's Big Night
Yesterday was a fun day for the Patriots. First they had their championship parade through the streets of Boston, and then they hit up the Garden to celebrate even more with the Bruins.
As you'd expect, the Pats players were all rocking Bruins gear as they walked out to center ice:
Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman had the honor of performing the ceremonial puck drop for Patrice Bergeron and New York Islanders captain Anders Lee; and, in true Gronk-like fashion, spiked the fuck outta the poor puck:
The Bruins ended up beating the Islanders 3-1 in what was Bergeron's 1000th NHL game since his career began here in Titletown.
I saw a few people on Twitter saying that the Patriots being at the Garden for pre-game festivities kind of "took away" from Bergeron's big night, and that the Bruins should've waited until Saturday when they host the LA Kings. Hey that'd be cool right? Honoring the Pats, who beat LA, before a game in which Boston has a chance to beat LA at something else.
In my opinion, I think Bergeron definitely would've had a say in it. It was his big night. The Bruins and Patriots both knew. He's the longest tenured Bruin; if he wanted his 1000th NHL game to be about him and only him, that was gonna happen. But there's definitely no harm with a little pre-game action that will surely excite the fans! The Pats just won the Super Bowl, they were already in town that same day. Seems pretty convenient to just get it done that night while the win is still extremely fresh and the party's still going.
Ultimately, I think Bergy didn't mind one bit (I'm sure the Bruins and Pats were in contact all day and they got the a-OK from him pretty early on, and the event set-up began from there). Because here in Boston, the teams support and are always there for each other. It's all one big family here in Boston with the athletes. Why wouldn't it be? The atmosphere here is nothing but a winning one; and lately, there's been plenty of that to go around here.
And it never gets old!