Craig Smith Gives Most Of The Credit For His Goal To Bruins Teammates

Smith, per usual, took the humble approach


Jun 4, 2021

Craig Smith generally isn’t one to talk about how great a play was that he made, and that remained the case Thursday night.

The Boston Bruins winger, who was returning from a one-game absence, opened the scoring in Boston’s eventual 2-1 win over the New York Islanders in Game 3 of their second-round series.

An impressive neutral zone back-check from Taylor Hall allowed the Bruins to go the other way with the puck. Matt Grzlecyk skated through the neutral zone and zipped a pass to Hall at the right wing boards after gaining the offensive blue line.

Smith, who was at the left wing, cut to the slot, and Hall feathered a pass to him. Smith received the puck and quickly unloaded a missile of a wrister that beat Semyon Varlamov.

Smith’s assessment of the goal had little to do with himself.

“Hallsy made a great play,” Smith said after the game over Zoom. “And I think it was Grizz in the middle who initially, I think he thought it was coming to him, but he made a good read to let it come to me, so it was a great play.”

Smith and the Bruins will look to push the Islanders to the brink of elimination Saturday night in Game 4. Puck drop from Nassau Coliseum is set for 7:15 p.m. ET on NBC. NESN will carry a full hour of pregame and postgame coverage, plus intermission reports on

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