I have to say I am impressed.
I have been on his case all year but he has done everything he should latley...well except for hit but oh well as long as he is not hurting the team in the defensive zone I really do not care.
His second goal was pretty hilarous you had Begin and Kosto pretty much doing everything, raising Heaven and Hell in front of the Sabres net and all Smolinski was useful for was shoot...and it went in!
I've been impressed with him lately, I'm not longer cringing when I see #20 skating around looking like he's lost. It's good for him that he's picking it up this late in the season, I guess that's the key of having these veterans in the lineup this close/into the playoffs.
Smoke has had a tough season, but recently he has gotten much better...I think he is clearly aware of his role, and seems to be poised to do good things in the playoffs...His goal on Brodeur in Montreal opened the scoring that game, and it was a beauty, top corner, if he can get one of those now and then in a playoff game, we will be happy.
Hes been average lately, which is better then terrible earlier all these appreciation threads for underacheiving players show up when the team together is playing pretty well, and right now Montreal is playing good hockey.
As a supporter of both Ottawa and Montreal (except against each other), I sincerly hope that Smolinski rediscovers his ability to always miss the net or hit the goalie in the chest if the Sens and Habs meet. No hard feelings intended, I'll be behind the Habs 100% if the Sens get knocked out.