Morning sports update: Joe Montana explained why he thinks Tom Brady left the Patriots

"I don’t think he was happy with the way things were progressing there and his ability to have input."

Tom Brady and Joe Montana during a pregame ceremony before Super Bowl LIV.
Tom Brady and Joe Montana during a pregame ceremony before Super Bowl LIV. –Maddie Meyer / Getty Images

The Bruins pulled off an overtime win in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference first round series against the Hurricanes.

Patrice Bergeron’s winning goal was the culmination of a series of passes from Boston’s “perfection line,” which includes Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak.

Boston plays Carolina in Game 2 tonight at 8 p.m.

Also on Wednesday, the Red Sox lost to the Rays, 8-5. Through 18 games, the Red Sox remain at the bottom of the American League East.

The Celtics play their final game before the playoffs today, tipping off against the Wizards at noon.

Joe Montana on Tom Brady: Prior to Super Bowl LIV, a pregame ceremony was held to honor the NFL 100 All-Time Team. Tom Brady and Joe Montana were among the quarterbacks selected.

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During the ceremony, Brady and Montana talked. Only a few weeks later, Brady became a free agent and left the Patriots for the Buccaneers. It was a development that surprised Montana (and one that he initially disagreed with).

“Honestly, I was shocked they let him get out of New England,” Montana admitted in a recent radio interview. “I would have thought they would have done everything they could to try to keep him there.”

Still, the four-time Super Bowl winner, who was Brady’s hero as a child, says he had an indication that the longtime New England quarterback was ready to leave.

“I spoke to Tom while we were at the Super Bowl,” Montana said. “I don’t think he was happy with the way things were progressing there and his ability to have input. I think that was a big decision for him to make, to leave there. Obviously, it’s a place he’s had a ton of success at. Going to another team, he chose a pretty good one, I think when you look at it.”

Brady signed a two-year contract with the Buccaneers in March.

Trivia: Patrice Bergeron was selected by the Bruins in the second round of the 2003 NHL draft. Who was the first overall pick in that year’s draft?

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(Answer at the bottom.)

Hint: He currently plays for the Las Vegas Golden Knights.

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One more look at it:

Trivia answer: Marc-André Fleury

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