The work ethic of goaltender Mike Smith roars to the forefront every time he's on the ice, whether it's in a key game down the stretch or a practice session. Everything he has accomplished emanates from that intangible, a trait he embraced early in life.

"My parents were a big influence on that," Smith said. "They always taught me to if I'm going to do something, do it to the best of your capabilities, put everything you have into, and I've taken that advice and kind of implanted that into my hockey game. I've had coaches throughout my whole career that have (stressed) work ethic.

"Obviously it takes a lot of hard work to get to the NHL, but it takes a lot to stay here and compete at a high level for a whole season. I've taken pride in that, and I think when you struggle it helps to get in practice and just really compete and battle and find your ways out of little slumps. It's just part of my game."