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Reilly Smith ‘plays like a veteran’ in postseason

May 5, 2014, 9:51 AM EST

Reilly Smith, Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron AP

Boston Bruins forward Reilly Smith broke out this season, but the 23-year-old forward was relatively quiet in the final months of the campaign with two goals and 11 points in 29 regular season contests since the start of February.

He’s bounced back in the playoffs though with three goals, including two game winners.

“He plays like a veteran,” Bruins coach Claude Julien told NHL.com. “And you know he’s very calm in those kind of situations. You don’t see him make too many big mistakes because he’s a smart hockey player.

“Some guys have it. It’s a knack he’s had from the start.”

Smith was one of the players that came to Boston as part of the Loui Eriksson-for-Tyler Seguin trade with Dallas over the summer of 2013. Eriksson had a rough campaign as he dealt with multiple concussions, but Smith gave the Bruins a reason to still feel upbeat about the deal.

He’s been playing on a very effective line with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. The trio will continue to be a concern for Montreal when the second round series resumes on Tuesday.

  1. theskinsman - May 5, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    This is the positive from the Bruins enduring so many injuries and being forced to play the young defensemen this season. Go Bruins!

    • dewzer - May 5, 2014 at 1:25 PM

      Valid point except Smith plays forward.

  2. pepper2011 - May 5, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    He already has more goals in the first 7 games of these playoffs (3) than Seguin does in his last 30 games (2).

    • darksidecowboy - May 5, 2014 at 12:55 PM

      Still happy in Dallas with Segs, Smith just didn’t fit with Dallas.

      • pepper2011 - May 5, 2014 at 1:30 PM

        because he cares?

        Seguin will wear out his welcome. Eventually Benn will have enough with No help in the playoffs. Especially when he’s playing through a cracked rib and his linemate is out chasing tail. I wouldn’t hold that against him if he produced, but when it counts and everyone is putting that little extra effort; his skill isn’t enough anymore.

      • pepper2011 - May 5, 2014 at 1:34 PM

        Also – Smith and Seguin are strikingly similar. They look almost identical skating, except Smith goes into the corners and wins battles. He’s not as fast, but Smith has better hands. If Seguin can’t beat you outside he has nothing. Smith has a great shot, but Seguin’s is better.

      • drewsylvania - May 5, 2014 at 3:45 PM

        Seguin’s faster and has a better shot. But I’d rather have a complete player.

  3. micasa81 - May 5, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    I consider Smith to be the latest, if not greatest, evidence of Chiarelli & Co.’s fantastic work in Boston. Everybody talks about good drafting these days, and he’s obviously done a great job in that respect, but I think the Seguin/Peverley-Eriksson/Smith trade was masterful work. I’m not saying it was bad for Dallas, as I think Seguin has been given some room to thrive that he may not have had in Boston. But Boston was clearly the team in the position of needing to make the trade given their well-known displeasure with Seguin’s off-ice behavior, and that often has other GMs smelling blood (see: Gillis, Mike). Chiarelli got amazing value in return, and if Smith hasn’t gained a high profile outside Boston, it’s only because he’s on the deepest group of forwards in the league.

    • pepper2011 - May 5, 2014 at 10:58 AM

      Agreed. Eriksson isn’t as offensive as I thought, but I’m not complaining. I think his injuries set him back, as well as the system (to start), but Defensively. Eriksson is WAY better than I thought. He’s calm and always makes the right play. He is a great fore-checker; creates a lot of turnovers. If he can start finishing again…

      They got Morrow in the deal too; (and) Fraser is a 3rd line forward who can score, but has some holes in his game, and realistically won’t see to much action in Boston. He can score; there is no doubt about that, and given he is NHL ready on most teams he could be a nice add in/surprise in a deal.

      • dewzer - May 5, 2014 at 1:51 PM

        I’m not as impressed with Louie as. I think he is way worse offensively than advertised. I think he turns the puck over too often and misses the net or fires it into the goalie’s stomach. Although defensively better all around than Seguin he actually hits less.Without Smith I think people would view the trade differently at this point. Still long way to go before we can fully assess that however. PS. This is simply nitpicking as the B’s are certainly solid top to bottom.

  4. pepper2011 - May 5, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    I also want to point out the Bruins (although it might have cost them a cup) ended up with Iginla, Morrow, Bartkowski, and Khokhlachev ( who had a GREAT year).

    Pitt ended up with nothing.

    Feaster is an Idiot.

  5. dmarado - May 5, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    Love and Honor!

  6. muckleflugga - May 5, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    so smith catches a couple of tap-ins and he’s the new messiah, chiarelli the next ken holland lmao

    these guys come and go … coffee row buzz on monday morning … goat horns a week down the road –soon to called green and tested too early …

    has smith had a look at a truly physical team yet … wings and canadiens … très pusée lmao

    take away rask finding himself but soon to be lost, and a timely run from iginla, soon to be forgotten as his proclivity for vanishing in abbreviated playoff runs becomes manifest, and bruins had an ordinary season by any standard

    beating-up the east with grinding plod hockey that’s twenty years past a sell-by-date out west has them barking in the east where ordinary has become the norm

    in the west, where glove-shaking chronically scowling posers are just so much fodder for faster bigger teams, the bruins would have been gasping for a wildcard spot if they’d of had to wade through any of blues, ducks or kings

    i can’t see bruins coping with canadiens speed much longer, so i doubt smith will have opportunity to play the big boys … looking at his brother indetroit, i’d say the prognosis is not good

    nice guys, but not enough raw-boned mean

    • topshelf37 - May 5, 2014 at 11:58 AM

      The Bruins went 2-2-2 against STL, ANA, and LA. They can clearly keep up with those teams.

    • pepper2011 - May 5, 2014 at 12:07 PM

      It’s funny how your hatred of the Bruins Fogs the Truth:

      Chiarelli is the next Holland because he has built a team that has made it to the Cup in 2/3 years and is poised for the next few years to be right there.

      You can say how the west is dominate, but they aren’t. I seem to remember this being said in 2011 too. NO WAY they can beat the Canucks. They were also a minute away from Game 7 last year with the same Hawks team, and the Bruins are substantially better.

      Blues are overrated – can’t get it done. Anaheim; I just don’t see it. Top heavy and No D and no clear #1 goalie. Made it to the semi’s ONCE since their cup in 06-07. Missed playoffs twice

      LA and Chicago are good, but right on par with the the eastern teams:

      Hawks (until dethroned)
      B’s
      LA
      Rangers (the year they got Nash; they were almost handed a cup; they are better now better coach)
      STL – Great coach, gets more out of his players than their actual skill, no goalie (miller stinks)
      Habs –
      Pens (no goalie, much more depth than Ahaheim)
      Ducks

      The Canadiens are not really faster than the Bruins. The B’s D is substantially faster than The Habs. Weaver, Markov, Jorges, and Boullion and Emelin are not fast.

      MTL forwards have Speed, but so do the B’s forwards. Other than Chara, Iginla and Eriksson Everyone on the B’s can move, and none of the aforementioned guys have ever been fast and considering there are two HOF’ers it hasn’t hurt them too much.

      Smith, Krug, Paille, Marchand, Bergeron, Krejci, Soderberg, Hamilton, Bartkoswki, Kelly (when in) and even Lucic (straight line) can all fly. Paille and Krug are probably the two fastest skaters on the ice.

    • dropthepuckeh - May 5, 2014 at 12:25 PM

      Your creative writing teacher will be pleased with your “wit” but will also remind you that it falls into fiction. The B’s handled the West all year so there is no reason to believe they would play any differently against them given a finals run. What’s more, they can only play the schedule they are given, the same one that the rest of the teams in the East were given. The Bruins stacked up ok against their peers in that regard.

      Whatever the argument, slow, knuckle draggers, thugs…blah blah blah, they seem to be doing something right in the past few years. Even more encouraging is that it has drawn your wrath and consumed so much of your time. Clearly it touches a nerve. Remind me muckle – for whom do you cheer if not just the opponent of the Bruins?

    • kovodisc - May 5, 2014 at 1:31 PM

      The Bruins went 18-4-6 against the Western conference this season…so I can obviously see why you would say they can’t hang with the west.

  7. crusty14 - May 5, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    I suppose the bruins 18-4-6 record against western teams this season shows how they are fodder for those big fast teams.

    Smith played in all 82 games, amassing 51 points and a +28. This shows how poorly he played in his rookie season.

    Just another long winded, inane post from the ennui inducing muckleflugga

  8. muckleflugga - May 5, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    topshelf37

    two wins … that’s pretty impressive … another statistics lover … did you see the games

    try an entire season when rivalries come into play … lucic wouldn’t survive another trip to edmonton alone, there’s just not enough facial reconstruction available in the great white north

    they’re all big and tough down east, but bruins go pure yellow on trips through the west … you’ll not see milan throwing his weight around flames’ games or any bars in calgary for that matter, there’s too many square-head beef-fed cowboys looking to bag slap hockey toughs, that’s if they’re not rendered helpless looking at those hockey hair cuts first lmao

    what’s with easterners and their hair, the men look like they were dragged out the assholes of hippopotami backwards

    bruins are not alone … come to calgary blowing hard with that hair, you generally leave on a gurney

    • titansbro - May 5, 2014 at 12:33 PM

      calgary… lol

    • pepper2011 - May 5, 2014 at 12:38 PM

      what the heck are you talking about? Seriously.

      Lucic or any hockey player isn’t supposed to fight in bars.

      He doesn’t throw his weight around in Calgary and Edmonton because those teams are irrelevant.

      Philly plays heavier than either one of those teams.

      Also – name the top 5 goalies in the league: no particular order: Rask, Price, Lundqvist, Quick, Bishop. 4 east. 1 west.

    • pepper2011 - May 5, 2014 at 12:40 PM

      You do realize Lucic is from Western Canada, right?

    • drewsylvania - May 5, 2014 at 3:48 PM

      We need some different Montreal fans on here…the ones we have are full of derp.

  9. muckleflugga - May 5, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    crusty14

    i suppose if you pulled your head out of your arse long enough to catch some air you’d note my argument focussed on the big three, blues, ducks, kings … i’ll throw in sharks for good measure

    looking at those four over an entire season, the bruins would be shown-up for the frauds they are; bully boys thriving in a school yard full of easter conference chicken sh its

    the bruins are neither big, bad or tough … they’re just plain ugly … and, they’re a special breed of cheap-shot diving posers, shaking gloves, circling menacingly, all under-pinned with bred-in-the-bone whining

    they simply get laughed out of the west every time they show, leaving everyone wondering where the bad in big bad comes from …?

    shake the gloves out west, your dance card fills-up real quick …try as i might, i can’t remember chara, lucic or thornton shaking gloves in any game out west … too many willing to throw down at any excuse

    while it gets the light-in-the-loafer bruins fan base all lathered playing canadiens or wings, it gets you badly hammered out west

    bruins don’t rate in the man’s game, get used to it

    • pepper2011 - May 5, 2014 at 12:51 PM

      nana nana boo boo.

      you are a tool.

      • pepper2011 - May 5, 2014 at 12:57 PM

        Iginla v Kesler
        Lucic v Gadzic
        Mcquaid v Maroon
        Mcquaid v Clifford
        Miller v Brown
        Lucic v nolan
        Thornton v Gadzic
        Campbell v Mcleod

        A for effort though

    • dropthepuckeh - May 5, 2014 at 1:17 PM

      Muckle what is your point exactly – that the Bruins are not as good as LA, Anaheim, SJ and St Louis? Seems like a strange argument to get worked up about. Two of those teams are done and obviously another will be gone next week. I usually enjoy your contributions on here and agree with a lot of the french canadian assessments you write about but I’m confused why you woke up today and decided to make this your crusade. The article is about Reilly Smith delivering in the playoffs and is supported by some Claude quotes. It could easily be about Krug or Hamilton stepping up and support it with some quotes. The writers write something and usually expect to trigger a “conversation” or maybe some controversy to keep us bickering and clicking and generally wasting our time on here to support their ad business. You seem particular up in arms about the Bruins and their false toughness etc. Why?

    • pepper2011 - May 5, 2014 at 1:24 PM

      Chara and Lucic really don’t fight too often- there really aren’t too many fair trade off when it comes to those two.

      Scott, Gadzic, Carcillo

      east 2 west 1

  10. muckleflugga - May 5, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    pepper2011

    lucic is from east vancouver, but after being slapped around by a member of john q public at of all things, a poutine bar, his street cred in east vancouver was apropos for davie village

    boo hoo hoooo woe is meeee heheeeee, i’m not coming back to vancoooo hoo hooooover ever again

    wonho hoooooe is me

    • pepper2011 - May 5, 2014 at 12:59 PM

      That actually had to do with the fine and classy people of Vancouver harassing his grandparents and spray painting their church. Then he got sucker punched, and said eff it.

      I mean real tough guys sucker punching a millionaire athlete – knowing he can’t do anything back.

      you are a tool; I mean troll… wait, they are both right.

  11. infectorman - May 5, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    Y’all need to reconsider stepping into the internet tough-guy writing ring with Muglyfugly.,

    Just like the Uber Tough Western Conf teams (on which he secretly harbors unclean thoughts and desires) relative to any of the inferior, 2nd rate Eastern Conf team, he clearly has us all outclassed…

    Why type anything in response, the idiocy of his posts speak for themselves!
    He’s doing all the work for you! A drive-by imbecile! How novel

    • pepper2011 - May 5, 2014 at 1:27 PM

      you are right, but he seems to enjoy the virtual tea-bag

  12. kovodisc - May 5, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    Muckle seems like that kid in elementary school that would always demonstrate attention-seeking behaviors because no one wanted to play or hang out with him.

    He may be approaching a new “thumbs down” PHT record.

    I’d say give it a rest, Muckle, but lets me real….you can’t.

  13. crusty14 - May 5, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    No one can focus long enough to read the drawn out drivel you post.

    You seem far too interested in other men’s arses and, as you so eloquently put it, “light in the loafer” types. Are you harbouring secret inner thoughts?

    • ironyisadeadscene - May 5, 2014 at 2:13 PM

      He’s gotta be a Penguin or Canuck fan. These are the only two fanbases, outside of Quebec, who put this much effort into hating the Bruins…….where they create fantastic scenarios (or relive their intimate dreams, who knows) to convince themselves that their team is on the same level.

      It’s both funny and sad

  14. muckleflugga - May 5, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    dropthepuckeh

    i like reilly smith as a person, what’s not to like … but he ‘d be pressed to make the roster on blues, ducks, kings and sharks, teams knee-deep in tough, skilled players

    hawks wouldn’t give him a second look … like his brother, fast enough north and south, but toooooo slow of foot and not a quick puck mover

    in the moment, smith plays on a team thriving on pounding, gangland play and swarming tactics … it buys him room he would not get in the west because bruins’ tactics only work in the east …

    and not that well … look at bruins historical record against canadiens and wings … even small speedy and skilled teams vex bruins’ gooning tactics

    bruins play a plodding and grinding game that serves deficiencies in team speed … in the west the top teams are every bit as capable of grinding, tough play, but they complement that play with speed and more speed

    room afforded players like reilly smith in the east is not available in the west, not over repeated meetings during divisional rivalries or playoffs

    were bruins in the west, bruins and smith would be in their own end of the ice attempting to grind and hammer over significantly longer periods of play, providing less opportunity to produce like numbers

    were he to eventually find himself on a speed team, a still young smith would likely adapt in time, but claude julien teams are not built for speed

    as for dislike of bruins …

    lucic and marchand are an offence to everything good about hockey … they’re back-running cowards renowned for dirty play … thornton is the definitive low-brow thug, an animal … without bruins thornton would be in the ahl, maybe

    irony of ironies is the fact that behind all the circling, glove-shaking, threatening bravado from those three, they’re the biggest collection of snivelling whiners in the nhl … never a shred of personal accountability

    classic claude julien … the charade is laughable, hardly worthy of respect

  15. muckleflugga - May 5, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    sorry girly boy … it takes little effort to hate bruins

    anyone who plays the game, or had the privilege of supporting the red wings during the era of the russian five, recognizes bruins for what they are

    retrograde throwbacks, reaching into their cro-magnon past … attracting like-minded in their fan base

    ghetto hockey and ghetto speak

    all boston

    • Ralphie - May 5, 2014 at 6:52 PM

      Take a bow, you’re douchebaggery is beyond reproach.

  16. drewsylvania - May 5, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    Where’s the banhammer for this piece of work?

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