When it was determined that the Bruins and Red Wings would be playing each other in the opening round of the playoffs, it resulted in a house divided: Bruins forward Reilly Smith up against his brother Brendan, a defenseman for the Red Wings.
It was the first time since 1975 that two brothers faced each other during a Bruins playoff game. That year, Phil and Tony Esposito squared off for the Bruins and Blackhawks, respectively, in the preliminary round.
In Brendan’s first playoff game in Reilly’s home away from home, the Bruins made sure to give the Detroit defenseman a proper Black and Gold introduction.
In the first period alone, Brendan was on the receiving end of several big hits by the Bruins, including one by Jordan Caron in open ice and another on a huge check into the boards by Zdeno Chara, with Chara’s hit resulting in a boarding call. The Bruins killed off the ensuing penalty.
If that was the welcome to Boston that Brendan Smith got in just the first period of Game 1, then it may be a long series for the Smith family.