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Sibling rivalry: Reilly Smith scores, Brendan challenges Chara

Apr 20, 2014, 4:58 PM EDT

One of the side stories of the Detroit Red Wings’ first round series against the Boston Bruins is the fact that it’s pitted brother against brother.

Boston Bruins forward Reilly Smith, 23, was on the losing end of the opener, but he netted his first playoff goal at 10:35 of the first period to put the Bruins head 2-0:

The Bruins held that lead for the remainder of the period, but before the teams returned to their respective locker rooms, 25-year-old defenseman Brendan Smith got into a bit of a scrap with the 6-foot-9 Zdeno Chara.

Both players were given two minutes for roughing.

Before the series began, Brendan talked about how excited the brothers were to face each other in a playoff series.

“I think it will remind me more of basement hockey, when we played best-of-seven series (as children),” Brendan told the Detroit Free Press.

This series is heating up and the Smiths will play a significant role in determining the outcome.

  1. girouxvy - Apr 20, 2014 at 5:03 PM


  2. terrier92 - Apr 20, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    Their parents must be a little nervous in stands. Both kids got rocked today.

  3. jcmeyer10 - Apr 20, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    Like I said in the last thread, at least Brendan (essentially) dropped the gloves. Sid the Kid just ran his mouth.

    Funny to think these kids played basement hockey and are now playing on the worlds biggest stage against eachother. I wonder if they had any idea it would come to this.

    • nunan - Apr 20, 2014 at 5:36 PM

      He was never going to drop the gloves.

      • jcmeyer10 - Apr 20, 2014 at 5:41 PM

        I know but at least he got to the point where Chara had to drop his stick. Farther than Sidney got.

      • claudegirwho - Apr 20, 2014 at 6:20 PM

        Guess he’ll always have one record over Crosby haha your a joke. The closest to fighting without fighting yeah that’s something to be bragging about

      • polegojim - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:30 PM

        Chara did not want to risk being embarrassed, he flaked

    • c9castine - Apr 20, 2014 at 11:47 PM

      is sidney crosby always in your brain or what?

  4. jcmeyer10 - Apr 20, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    Was surprised it took this long to get Chara back in front of the net on the PP. Isn’t that what (along with Iginla) made the PP actually work this year?

    • habsmansboyfriend - Apr 22, 2014 at 1:33 AM

      Chara in front of the net was one of the changes they made this year after the PP performance last year…..the first unit has been playing this way all year

  5. ironyisadeadscene - Apr 20, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    He was smartly trying to get chara off the ice….doubtful he would drop the gloves, wouldn’t have been fair

    • polegojim - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:31 PM

      Ridiculous – he DROPPED the gloves. Chara didn’t want to risk being embarrassed.

      • habsmansboyfriend - Apr 22, 2014 at 1:26 AM

        You’re a moron. Neither one dropped their gloves. Chara was laughing at the midget. He felt sorry for him and didn’t want the idiot eating out of a straw for the next 6 months. But I guess video evidence is not sufficient for losers like yourself….

      • polegojim - Apr 24, 2014 at 7:21 PM


  6. charlieconway96 - Apr 20, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    “HOLD ME BACK! HOLD ME BACK! No, seriously somebody hold me back pleeeaaase”.

  7. 13datsyuk13 - Apr 20, 2014 at 6:03 PM

    Brendan Smith was awful today. The wings can’t win if he is going to play this way. Quincey and Kindle were bad too, the Achilles Heels all year showed up today. Good job on the “stay out of the box” article earlier PHT.

    • bruins4ever - Apr 21, 2014 at 2:20 PM

      The reason Quincey and Kindl were awful today is that these Ref’s actually called the interference on Jacob for the first penalty, a slash on the kill , puts Detroit down two men and the Bruin’s score. These two had to stop running the interference on the dump ins. It enabled the Bruin’s to get back to their hard forecheck.
      These two took advantage of the game one ref’s allowing the interference on the dump ins, one ‘D’ interfere and the other get the puck and move it out. Now since there was no calls they continued throughout the game (good move by them), but they had to stop once the first penalty was called in the first period. Advantage Boston
      Now how will it be called in game three? we’ll find out.

  8. nhstateline - Apr 20, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    Heard in the Smith household sometimet before next thanksgiving

    Parent ” Yes Reilly, you know we’ll be happy to have you over for dinner. You want to bring a guest ? Who ?”

    Reilly “My friend Zdeno”

    Parent “Now Reilly, you know he doesn’t get along with your brother. Tell Mr Chara, he can’t come to dinner at our house after what he did last spring.”

  9. nhstateline - Apr 20, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    On a serious note, that’s the biggest grin Chara’s had on his face while on the ice in a long time. He really did seem to be enjoying himself there……

    • polegojim - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:32 PM

      Right up til he waffled and skated away….

      • habsmansboyfriend - Apr 22, 2014 at 1:30 AM

        Yup, he “waffled” and skated away……that’s EXACTLY how 8 million viewers saw it. He was laughing so hard he “waffled”…

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