Chara shrugs off invitation to fight

BOSTON -- When this series between the Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings is complete, it would be interesting and entertaining to hear what Bruins forward Reilly Smith says to his older brother, Brendan, about his desire to drop the gloves with Bruins captain Zdeno Chara.

At the conclusion of the first period during Boston’s 4-1 win over Detroit in Game 2, a scrum broke out behind the Bruins’ net. Away from the play, Brendan Smith got in the face of Chara and attempted to draw the Bruins defenseman into dropping the gloves.

Chara didn’t bite and Smith should be thankful.

“He wouldn’t be the first guy I’d choose in the NHL to go against,” Reilly Smith said. “He should probably think twice next time.”

When asked if he was worried for his brother’s safety, Reilly said, “No, not too much. That’s the least of my worries right now.”

Brendan Smith did not speak with the media after the game, and Chara downplayed the situation as part of the game.

“Nothing really, it’s just playoff hockey,” Chara said.