Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images(MONTREAL) — Matt Fraser, who was making his NHL Playoff debut after the Boston Bruins called him up from their American Hockey League affiliate in Providence Wednesday, scored the game-winner 1:19 into overtime to give the Bruins a 1-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens Thursday, and tie the Eastern Conference semifinal at two games a piece.
“It’s something I dreamed about many times on the outdoor rinks growing up,” Fraser said. “It’s every kid’s dream to score in overtime. … Words can’t even describe that feeling. I just watched the replay of it and I don’t even want to begin to try to explain that because it’s something I wish that every kid could feel.”
Both goalies were brilliant. Boston’s Tuukka Rask stopped all 33 shots he faced and Montreal’s Carey Price stopped 34 shots.
Despite tying the series, Bruins head coach Claude Julien isn’t ready to punch his team a ticket to the Eastern Conference final.
“We knew how tight this series would be,” Julien said. “It doesn’t mean any more than that we’ve tied the series. 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. 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.”
Game 5 is Saturday in Boston. The puck is scheduled to drop at 7:00 p.m Eastern.
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