Reilly Smith is opening a lot of eyes and scoring a lot of goals. Smith scored two goals, and Tuukka Rask made 33 saves for his fourth shutout of the season to lift the Boston Bruins to a 5-0 rout of the Ottawa Senators on Friday night. ‘‘He’s a very talented player and he gets in front of the net. It’s paying off for him right now,’’ Bruins forward Brad Marchand said. When the Bruins traded Tyler Seguin in the offseason, they received Loui Eriksson, Smith, and two other prospects. Eriksson was the marquee player in the deal, but Smith has yielded the real return thus far. Eriksson has missed time because of two concussions. ‘‘I don’t think he was looked upon as a throw-in,’’ Bruins coach Claude Julien said. ‘‘It is the first time he has been given the opportunity to play on a regular basis, and he is finally showcasing his skills. It’s no fluke.’’ Smith scored twice in the third period, giving him a team-leading 14 goals. He has five goals and two assists in the last three games.
Rask makes 33 saves in Bruins' shutout of Senators
Boston Globe | Dec 28