Reilly Smith has enjoyed just a single goal scored in his last 26 games amid a sputtering end to his first full season in Boston, but Saturday was a positive day all the same. Smith finished with a shot on net and a plus-1 in 15 minutes of active ice time in Boston’s 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers, but his big moment was prior to the game when he was awarded NESN’s Seventh Player Award.

The Seventh Player Award was presented by Central Chrysler Jeep Dodge and Central Auto Team of Norwood, and voted on by Bruins fans online at The award is a longstanding annual recognition presented to the Bruin who exceeded the expectations of Bruins fans during the 2013-14 season.

Smith most certainly exceeded expectations coming into Boston as a little-discussed part of the Tyler Seguin/Loui Eriksson trade last summer, and he’s finishing up his first B’s campaign on the verge of scoring 20 goals as a viable offensive threat. Smith has spent nearly the entire season as a part of the second line with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand after making the team out of training camp, and his next goal will hand him a 20 goal/50 point season.

“It’s a good experience. Some of the names that have won that award, it says a lot just to be a part of that group,” said Smith. “I think I’ve worked pretty hard this year, and it’s nice to see it pay off a little bit.