Brendan Smith might have been the goat of the Detroit Red Wings’ Game 1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. The young defenseman redeemed himself in a big way on Saturday, playing a solid game in his own end and netting the eventual game-winner.
With the Wings and Blackhawks tied at one late in the second period (and the Wings controlling the play), Smith jumped into the rush and tapped one home past Chicago goalie Corey Crawford off a tremendous pass by Henrik Zetterberg. The Wings took that 2-1 lead to the third, then added two more goals in the final 20 minutes.
Smith’s all-important tally: