I'm all about standing up for yourself, but even I think fighting Chara would be dumb. Smith would have been tossed around like a rag doll much like Chara did with Exelby. Only way forward is to score on the PP and use that team speed to create chances from the rush and from turnovers.
Just get the first hit in, and make it count. I'm sure he could have gone for the sack too, it would have only cost $5000. At that, he could have just claimed that was eye level.
On the Smith/Chara thing. People keep saying it would have been dumb to fight Chara, which it would have been, BUT....I've done plenty of dumb things in my life to prove a point. I'm about half Smith's size but I would have fought Chara to show them we were not backing down. It's a statement. Chara might be big, but that doesn't make him great at fighting. Plenty of big guys have been dropped by smaller guys.
If Chara was so confident he would have dropped his stick a lot sooner and left it there for more than half a second.
Chara is a punk. If he did anything, Brendan should have ripped that C off his sweater. Props to the kid for standing up for himself. Sad he's the one that is having to do it after being run for 2 games straight. Reminds me of that play earlier this year where he got run and had to get up and go after the guy himself, then he got a cross check and the other guy got a dive. Can't remember who it was off hand.
Bruins played the harder game today, but it makes me sick to see them running around at our guys, charging guys from across the ice and getting their elbows up on almost every hit...and getting away with it. Then to have to listen to Olzcyk defend it.