Brendan Smith led the Rangers in ice time on Tuesday with 22:44 and had 3 more shifts (29) than Ryan McDonagh did (26)
Smith, as Joe Micheletti noted on the broadcast, had at least three different moments during Game 4 where he was on the bench in pain.
Smith, among other incidents, took a, unpenalized, stick to the face and was slashed on the wrist in front of the net.
He said that being in the middle of things is where he "flourishes" and that skirmishes and the sort keep him engaged. (NY Times)
When Smith is on the ice at 5 on 5 in the playoffs, the Rangers have 66 shot attempts for, 57 against, 36 shots on goal for, 27 against and 4 goals for and 1 against. (Natural Stat Trick)
Alain Vigneault said after Game 4 that Smith is playing well, playing with an edge and keeping it simple on the ice.
Smith is averaging 20:16 per game in the playoffs and has 8 hits, 6 giveaways and 4 blocked shots.
Larry Brooks writes that Smith has been exactly what the Rangers what the Rangers needed and provided a needed level of "snarl." (NY Post)
Adam Rotter: I still can't believe that Brendan Smith played the entire game, led the team in ice time and didn't miss a shift after the beating he took. I thought the slash was the end for Smith but he was just right back out there and definitely showed a tremendous amount of toughness in addition to all of the other assets that he brings. He's a solid player and someone that the Rangers should definitely find a way to keep.