- Joe McDonald, Reporter, ESPNBoston.com
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TAMPA -- New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has attended the Boston Bruins’ last two home games at the Garden.
Unlike when he’s coaching during the season, Belichick was all smiles when he was shown on the video board. He waved to the fans numerous times and even stood up at one point, waving a black and gold towel, which started a standing ovation.
Bruins coach Claude Julien was watching the video board during a TV timeout in Game 5 when Belichick was getting the fans in the building going. Julien said on Tuesday that he has not spoken with Belichick but he appreciates the support he’s giving the Bruins during their run toward a possible Stanley Cup.
The two coaches have not talked recently, but Belichick’s presence is a boost to the Bruins and Julien.
“What he’s done [by attending games] is reach out to us by doing what he’s done. I think coaches understand, and I would be the same way, I would never dare call him or any of those guys when they are in the playoffs, but I would certainly be there to show my support, which I did with the Patriots when it was time,” Julien said.
“I’ve done it for the Red Sox, been there quite a few times. And I’m a big fan of those Boston teams, Celtics included, and I think it’s about showing support. You don’t need necessarily to talk unless somebody still needs to talk to you, and I’m sure if I reached out to him, he’d be more than willing to talk to me.”
Belichick has won. The Celtics’ Doc Rivers has won. The Red Sox’s Terry Francona has won. Julien hopes to add his name to that list of coaches/managers to win a championship in Boston.
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