The Bruins paid homage to Celtics legend John Havlicek Saturday night in a manner befitting the man.
It was all class.
Before Game 2 of their Stanley Cup playoff series with the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Bruins requested a moment not of silence but applause for Havlicek, who died Thursday at age 79.
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A video tribute followed the cheers. It included the clip and Johnny Mosts famous call of his series-clinching steal in Game 7 of the 1965 Eastern Conference Finals against the Sixers, several highlights featuring his picturesque shot (with a couple of bank shots mixed in), and a soundbite of Red Auerbach saying that if he had a son, hed want him to be just like Havlicek.
The tribute video to John Havlicek ahead of Game 2. pic.twitter.com/2x3u4VZULK
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The video concluded with scenes from the final game of his Hall of Fame 16-year career on April 9, 1978, including the final words as he addressed the crowd that day:
You have given us what every team really wants to have: enthusiasm, dedication, and you helped us win many championships. What more can I say? Thank you, Boston. I love you.
Well done, Bruins.
God love the Bruins. I am teared up at what the Bruins just did for John Havlicek.
Bob Ryan (@GlobeBobRyan) April 28, 2019