One of the defining moments of the Bruins’ Game 2 win over the Red Wings was at the end of the first period, when Johnny Boychuk was checked hard into the boards behind the Bruins’ net as he was attempting to run the clock out.
As most of the players converged on the scrum behind the net, Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith decided it would be a good time to take on Zdeno Chara, repeatedly pushing the Bruins captain until the two were alone in front of the net.
Smith seemed to quickly realize that this was a losing battle, as Chara, who at 6-9 is the tallest player to ever play in the NHL, seemed to be laughing and smiling that the 6-1, 198-pound Smith was trying to beckon him into a fight.
Chara shrugged off the encounter when asked about it after the game, simply saying the altercation was “Nothing really… that’s playoff hockey.”
Smith’s brother, Bruins forward Reilly Smith, knew that his brother had gotten into it with the wrong guy.
“[Chara] wouldn’t be the first guy I’d choose in the NHL to go against. [Brendan] should probably think twice next time,” Reilly Smith said.
“Emotions run high during the playoffs and games,” Tuukka Rask said of the altercation. “Stuff happens. I didn’t see any of that. I don’t even know if they’re talking. I don’t know. It’s just one of those things that just happens.”
Brendan Smith was on the receiving end of several big hits from the Bruins in Game 1, including one from Chara, but apparently didn’t learn his lesson and went after Chara in Game 2. With the series shifting to Detroit, we will soon find out whether Smith will want a third bout with the Bruins captain, or whether two times was enough for the Detroit defenseman.