Smith ready for brotherly battle vs. Red Wings

Smith ready for brotherly battle vs. Red Wings
October 5, 2013, 2:15 pm
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Reilly Smith smiled when asked about the actions of his older brother, Brendan, during the Bruins preseason tilt against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. The Detroit defenseman was running around a bit for the Winged Wheels, and managed to get into it with both Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand during the exhibition win for the Black and Gold.

While the fracas with Bergeron might have been understandable after No. 37 leveled the former University of Wisconsin standout with an elbow in the corner during one of his first shifts of the game, the extracurricular stuff with Marchand and other Bruins was initiated by the Wings blueliner. Reilly had a big smile on his face when asked about it, and said it’s actually par for the course in the brotherly hockey battles.

“Every time I play him he picks somebody else on my team, and he goes after them,” said Reilly Smith, who will be skating with Chris Kelly and Jordan Caron on a third line that played excellently Thursday night against the Lightning. “He did a couple of times last year in Dallas. I just stay out of it and let bygones be bygones. It is hockey at the end of the day.”

Clearly the focus will be on both Boston and Detroit building on undefeated seasons as new divisional foes rather than the Smith sibling rivalry, but both Reilly and Brendan are getting pretty good at taking any family squabbles to the ice.

“It will be pretty fun tonight. It’s usually pretty fun,” said the B’s third liner, who has lined up against his brother plenty of times in both the NHL last season and in the AHL prior to that. “In the AHL especially we were always matchup against each other, and he was always the defenseman on my side. So far in the NHL that hasn’t happened, but if we get a chance we’ll size each other up and try to knock each other’s heads off. “

The Smith Bros have placed each other four times in pro hockey with a dead even 2-2 split in those games, so Saturday night brings on some brotherly bragging rights along with everything else.