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.