Boston Bruins

By Ty Anderson,

With a TD Garden crowd simply counting the minutes and seconds down in the third period of what finished as a 6-3 final over the Ottawa Senators for the Boston Bruins on Monday, a thunderous ‘Yankees suck’ chant broke out. Twice, actually. You could even argue that the chant was the loudest of the afternoon from a sleepy matinee crowd.

Much to the delight of Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy, too.

“I agree with that chant, by the way,” said Cassidy. “I’m all for it. Tonight will be a big game, obviously in the best of five.”

For the B’s bench boss, it’s just another part of what makes coaching in Boston in an era in which all four teams are legitimate championship contenders in their sports, all the better.

“I’m excited for the Red Sox. I’m excited to see the Celtics play. I was at a game in the [Eastern Conference] Finals last year against Cleveland. They’re a fun group to watch, so obviously all four teams have aspirations of winning,” said Cassidy. “So we just started. The Patriots just started, but the Red Sox are there, and the Celtics are right around the corner.

“So, I think it’s great when you have four teams in the mix.”

Cassidy also knows it’s better than the alternatives — and even mentioned a specific one before veering off the path a little bit to talk football. Because there’s nothing the third-year head coach of the Black and Gold doesn’t like talking about.

“It would suck to be like Cleveland — although their turning the corner, I shouldn’t say that,” Cassidy remarked with a grin. “Looks like their football–they’ve got a quarterback now. But I think we’re spoiled here [in Boston].”

The Red Sox go against the Yankees in Game 3 of the American League Division Series tonight at Yankee Stadium.

Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for He has also been a voting member of the Boston Chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association since 2013. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Ty? Follow him on Twitter @_TyAnderson.