Bruins even series
MONTREAL—Rookie Matt Fraser got to live a dream he had many times while growing up in Red Deer, Alta.
Fraser, called up Wednesday from AHL Providence and playing his first career NHL playoff game, scored 1:19 into overtime last night to give the Boston Bruins a 1-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens to even their Eastern Conference semi-final series at 2-2.
“It was bouncing around and I was just swatting at it as hard as I could and hoping it would hit something,” recalled Fraser.
“Price is such a good goalie,” he noted. “He doesn’t give out a lot of rebounds.
“I might have got lucky there but the puck wound up in the back of the net.
“It’s something I dreamed about many times on the outdoor rinks growing up,” Fraser added.
“It’s every kid’s dream to score in overtime.”
Johnny Boychuk’s point shot had taken a high hop off the end boards, and Price and defenceman Mike Weaver had trouble controlling the bouncing puck.
“It came around on the other side and it bounced over my stick and I lost it,” noted Price.
“Somebody yelled ‘over,’ so I looked over my left shoulder,” he added. “Obviously it wasn’t there.
“Then they poked it in on the other side.”
With the victory, the Bruins regained home-ice advantage heading into Game 5 tomorrow night in Boston.
The Bruins outshot Montreal 34-33 in an intense, sometimes nervously-played game that was less a goaltending duel between Price and Tuukka Rask as a match of determined, defensive teams.
“We knew how tight this series would be,” said Boston coach Claude Julien.
“It doesn’t mean any more than that we’ve tied the series,” he added. “It’s been tight every game.
“It was important to get back in the series but I don’t think we’ve played our best hockey,” Julien stressed.
“We’ve played hard, but I’ve seen us play better.
“You hope the win here will help us get better and we’ll go from there,” he reasoned.
Canadiens’ coach Michel Therrien called it trench warfare. He found no fault with his side, either, except that they didn’t get a puck past Rask.
“This was a hard-nosed game between two well-prepared teams,” he remarked.
“We lost a battle in front of the net on the winning goal, but I’m pleased with our team’s effort.
“All the games have been close and it won’t be different next game.”
Elsewhere, Anaheim beat L.A. 3-2 to trail their Western Conference semi-final series 2-1.