Brendan Smith would like you to know that he’s had enough of you pushing him around. Looking at you, Derek MacKenzie.
The Detroit Red Wings and Columbus Blue Jackets met again on Sunday, with the Blue Jackets taking yet another win. It was their fifth in a row, and second consecutive win over the Red Wings. But this one came with some fireworks, courtesy of the Red Wings’ defenseman.
Smith and MacKenzie dropped the gloves in the third period of Sunday’s tilt. This wasn’t something that just happened over the course of the game. This is something that had been brewing for quite some time, at least as far as Smith is concerned.
Brendan Smith sat out 11 games earlier this season with an injury. That injury came courtesy of Derek MacKenzie, who delivered a clean hit that left Smith out for that stretch with a sprained shoulder.
On Sunday, Smith and MacKenzie experienced their third run-in of the season. MacKenzie had delivered a couple of big hits to Smith at points earlier this year, one of which left Smith out for almost a dozen games. The one on Sunday proved to be the boiling point for Smith.
In the third period, MacKenzie tried to hit Smith up high. Smith chased down MacKenzie and the two dropped the gloves. By all accounts, it was a bout that Smith won.
You could understand why Smith may be frustrated at this stage, enough to go a couple rounds with MacKenzie. Whether he’s meant to do it or not, he’s made Smith’s life very difficult of late. Good on Smith for stepping up and defending himself. Though the Red Wings eventually lost the game in a shootout, it sent a statement.