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Earlier in his career, if Reilly Smith missed a wide-open net with his team behind by a goal, he might have put his head down, skated to the bench and inwardly called himself some not-so-nice names.
But that was then and this is now. On Saturday night, Smith did miss an open net during an early third-period power play but he also scored a goal and set up Zdeno Chara for the winning tally as the Bruins edged the Pittsburgh Penguins, 3-2, at TD Garden.
In a first period filled with ugliness and injury, Smith was the lone bright spot for the home team. At 10:13, Smith tied the game at 1-1 on the Bruins’ first shot of the contest. Brad Marchand made it all work with his terrific protection of the puck. He passed to Patrice Bergeron and Bergeron found Smith in the left circle.