The Bruins defeated the Flyers 3-2 on Thursday. The game was marked by the return of Tuukka Rask, who made his season debut for the Bruins. David Pastrnak led Boston with a hat trick.
Tonight the Celtics are in Philadelphia to face the 76ers at 7 p.m.
And on Saturday, the Patriots will be in Buffalo for an AFC wildcard game with the Bills at 8:15 p.m.
Latest Head Coach Research Reports: While Bill Belichick’s former assistants have had a mixed record over the years, it once again looks like Patriots coaches will be vying for several NFL head coach vacancies.
One name that has already emerged is linebacker coach Jerod Mayo. A former New England linebacker, Mayo’s position as a potential head coach has grown in the league in recent seasons. He was interviewed by the Eagles a year ago for a job that eventually went to Nick Sirianni.
NFL reporter Adam Schefter said on Thursday that Mayo “is expected to emerge as a top contender” for the Texans head coach job following Houston’s decision to fire David Culley after just one. season.
Longtime Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio is now the general manager of the Texans, which could create a natural connection.
In addition to Mayo, another former Patriots defensive assistant, Brian Flores, is considered the “top candidate” for the role, according to Texas journalist Aaron Wilson.
Much like Mayo, Flores – who was unexpectedly sacked by the Dolphins from a head coaching position on Monday – is seen to have a positive connection to Caserio.
Anecdotes: Mayo was the 10th overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. Only one of this year’s Patriots picks is still with the team (or in the NFL). Name this player.
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On this day: In 2006, the Patriots’ 10-game playoff streak – a streak that included three Super Bowl wins in four seasons – came to an end. New England lost in Denver to the Broncos, 27-13.
Yet the game is best known for one of the most incredible bustle games in Patriots history.
After Tom Brady threw an interception into the Bronco’s end zone against Hall of Fame cornerback Champ Bailey, it emerged Denver would end up with a six-pick after a series of Nearby New England players failed the tackle.
Then, just as Bailey was relaxing at the edge of the goal line, Patriots tight end Ben Watson roared into the television frame. The 250-pound Watson hit the ball at the yard line. Having started across the field near the opposite goal line, Watson sprinted diagonally down to complete the tackle.
Highlight of the day: Let Pastrnak’s Thursday Night Hat Trick take you into the weekend.
Fun fact: Matthew Slater
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