R. Smith

R. Smith

Bruins forward Reilly Smith was front and center during Boston’s 4-2 win against the New Jersey Devils at TD Garden on Monday.

Smith had a goal and an assist during the Bruins’ fifth straight win, which capped a 4-0-0 homestand. Smith now has two goals, three assists in his past three and obviously seems like he’s over what was bothering him during a goal drought that lasted nine games.

However, Smith ran into a little trouble in the first period when he was whistled for embellishment at 6:43 at the same time Devils forward Mike Cammalleri was called for hooking. This season, the NHL is trying to crack down on diving and other antics and calls of this nature can lead to fines for both the player and the player’s coach, and eventually could lead to a suspension.

Smith’s linemate Brad Marchand was called for embellishment in the third period, the second time the speedster has gotten the sort of call. Smith joked that he didn’t think he embellished and that maybe the referee mistook him for Marchand.

Smith also said that his opponent was on his side in this argument.

“I didn’t think I embellished at all. I was trying to stay up. I thought we would’ve had a good rush if I would’ve stayed up,” Smith said. “Cammalleri mentioned it in the penalty box that he was surprised I went in there with him. But I guess things like that happen. You know the league’s changing a little bit so I think they’re trying to get rid of it so maybe [the referee] saw something different than I felt.”

Smith went on to make up for the call, as he scored the fourth goal at 19:21 of the second period after Seth Griffith gave the Bruins the lead with 18:01 elaped in the period.