Habs lose to Bruins in OT; series, tied at 2, moves to Boston

Rookie Matt Fraser scored 1:19 into overtime to give the Boston Bruins a 1-0 victory over the Canadiens and even their Eastern Conference semifinal playoff series on Thursday night.

Fraser, called up Wednesday from AHL Providence and playing his first career NHL playoff game, jumped into a scramble in front of goalie Carey Price's net and slid the puck under him into the net.

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.

The victory evened the best-of-seven series at 2-2 with Game 5 set for Saturday 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.

The teams played their first scoreless period in regulation time of the series in a tight-checking first marked mainly by icings and missed passes.

Boston's Carl Soderberg had the best chance in the final minute after P.K. Subban's blind back pass was intercepted, but Price looked to get a piece of it as it went off the cross bar.

Another goal-less period followed as shooters misfired, particularly Max Pacioretty on a setup from Thomas Vanek, and both goalies held their ground. Each team went on the power play once, but even that failed to break the deadlock.

The Canadiens went on attack in the third, peppering the Boston net and outshooting the Bruins 14-7.

But the Bruins got a power play and Reilly Smith hit a goalpost, only to see Brian Gionta stoned by Rask alone in front of the net at the other end a moment later.

Notes: Fraser played in place of Jordan Caron. Matt Bartkowski stepped in on defence for Andrej Meszaros.

Montreal made no changes.

 

Graphic credit: (daysofyorr.com)

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