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Pats, Celtics Take in Game 7

Edelman waves flag, Brady tweets, C's bond as B's advance to second round

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - As Boston's golden era of sports success rolls on, it seems that the brotherhood between the city's teams is only getting stronger.

The support that the Bruins, Celtics, Red Sox, and Patriots have shown for each other grows with each passing year - and championship, of which there have been a combined 12 since 2002.

That was evident on Tuesday night during the Black & Gold's thrilling Game 7 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs at TD Garden.

Among the 17,565 in attendance for the 5-1 triumph: Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, center David Andrews, safety Patrick Chung, long snapper Joe Cardona, and kicker Stephen Gostkowski, as well as the majority of the Celtics roster - which recently wrapped up a four-game sweep of the Indiana Pacers in the first round of the NBA Playoffs - including Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward, Aaron Baynes, and coach Brad Stevens.

Edelman was on hand to wave the flag pregame as the honorary fan banner captain, along with Special Olympics Massachusetts athlete Meghan Colby. The Super Bowl LIII MVP got the building rocking before puck drop, and again in the second period when he chugged a beer after being shown on Garden HDX.

"Julian Edelman chugging a beer was awesome," said Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy. "Probably got everyone fired up including us. Good for him. We'll return the favor at some point down the road, but I thought it was outstanding. That's Game 7 playoff hockey for you right there."

Video: TOR@BOS, Gm7: Julian Edelman fires up the crowd

The support also came from outside the building. Patriots quarterback and six-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady took to his newly formed Twitter account to offer up some thoughts on the game and who he thinks might be a good replacement for the recently retired Rob Gronkowski.

"I think Zdeno could play a little tight end...," Brady wrote of his fellow 40-plus-year-old.

 

 

Some of Brady's teammates also showed their support on Twitter, as running back James White and linebacker Kyle Van Noy showed off their excitement for the victory.

 

After the game, David Pastrnak got into the social media act with a chirp of noted Maple Leafs fan Justin Bieber, who was at the Garden for Game 7 with wife Hailey Baldwin.

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