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Bruins’ Fraser scores OT winner in playoff debut, ties series 2-2

May 8, 2014, 10:42 PM EDT

When it became clear that Matt Fraser would appear in his first career playoff game for the Boston Bruins, he tried to downplay the obvious: his dream was coming true. Then again, maybe he was waiting for a more complete dream scenario: scoring the only goal of a playoff game … in overtime … to nab a huge Game 4 win for his team.

Fraser’s 1-0 OT goal ties the Bruins’ series against the Montreal Canadiens at 2-2.

The two teams will shift back to Boston for Game 5 and it’s difficult to imagine Fraser not being there. The 23-year-old seemed to find instant chemistry with Loui Eriksson and Carl Soderberg as their line was trumpeted as the Bruins’ best for much of a defensively rigid Game 4.

Bruins head coach Claude Julien could end up disagreeing, but it seems like Fraser’s first game will be more than just a Cinderella story.

Bruins slow the Habs’ attack

The Bruins managed to slow the Canadiens down through the first two periods in particular, keeping the likes of P.K. Subban quiet. The Habs really heated up in the third period, however, generating a 14-7 shot advantage and generally looking more aggressive.

The game headed into OT with bagels on the scoreboard in part because of near-misses, and Boston’s ability to reduce Subban’s chances.

As expected, there was a fair amount of physicality, including a big check by Douglas Murray on Shawn Thornton, a questionable hit by Jarome Iginla on Max Pacioretty and a boarding minor delivered by Alexei Emelin on David Krecji.

Here’s the hit on Pacioretty:

And here’s Emelin’s blow on Krejci:

As for the men between the pipes, they played a prominent role — as you’d expect in a 1-0 OT decision. Tuukka Rask made 33 saves for his first shutout of the series and second of the postseason while Carey Price was nearly as good, stopping 34 of 35 for a .971 save percentage.

The Bruins and Canadiens battle for a 3-2 series lead in Game 5 on Saturday. If it’s anything like tonight’s contest, there won’t be much room for errors … but maybe enough for another surprise hero to emerge.

  1. drewsylvania - May 8, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    Not a great game by either team, but we get home ice back. :)

    • pepper2011 - May 8, 2014 at 11:15 PM

      This is why Claude deserved a top 3 jack Adams. Not only Fraser, but the bruins just played 6+ periods in the bell centre and only had 4 pims. And they were actually penalties. He got the bruins to stay composed and he got the refs to be aware of the dives.

      • avscup - May 9, 2014 at 9:13 AM

        BFD! Roy is clearly the Adams winner. You do realize it is for the regular season.

  2. sabatimus - May 8, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    Best of 3 now, Habs.

    • sabatimus - May 8, 2014 at 11:16 PM

      Thanks to all you sheep who are thumbing this down.

      • jcmeyer10 - May 8, 2014 at 11:19 PM

        It took a few minutes for greenmtnboy/montrealbbr/whoever to log into all his accounts.

  3. lowenni - May 8, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    That is so awesome. OT winner in playoff debut…talk about a dream come true. God I love hockey.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - May 8, 2014 at 10:58 PM

      By amusing coincidence: The only other 1-0 OT game in Habs vs Bruins playoff lore was ended at almost the same time of OT, 1:22 in 1953, as opposed to 1:19 this time. The long ago game was ended by Hall of Famer Elmer Lach (still kicking at 96), and it was his LAST playoff goal. This, of course, was Fraser’s first.

      • matt14gg - May 8, 2014 at 11:00 PM

        That’s pretty cool.

      • lowenni - May 8, 2014 at 11:23 PM

        That’s awesome. Thanks for sharing, @nothanksimdriving

  4. terrier92 - May 8, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    My heart can’t take this. Good clean game nice to see.

  5. sabatimus - May 8, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    By the way, anyone who says that was a dirty hit by Iginla needs to have their concussion examined.

    • jcmeyer10 - May 8, 2014 at 11:21 PM

      I was listening to the call on 98.5 on my way home from work and the announcer was like.. umm yah, pretty clean hit.

      • jimthebear - May 9, 2014 at 11:00 AM

        Even NBCSN called it a clean hit, nothing ‘questionable’ about it unless your a Habs fan.. Why don’t they call the police and let them investigate it.

  6. dropthepuckeh - May 8, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    Thank you Seguin.

    So much for all of the Montreal cockiness on here the past few days. Looks like home ice advantage for two out of three. Montreal is banged up, Bruins have momentum and confidence, Tuukka is back. Those cross bars are goals Sat. Bring it.

  7. bsfan77 - May 8, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    3 game series! Good playoff game by both teams. Could have gone either way.

  8. sabatimus - May 8, 2014 at 10:49 PM

    Despite plenty of mistakes (and the Habs made plenty too), Bruins’ effort was a full 60 this time. Keep it up guys.

  9. bbgraf08 - May 8, 2014 at 10:50 PM

    Thank God.

    Iggy has been awful all series.

    • shaundre93 - May 8, 2014 at 11:04 PM

      Yep. Never thought I’d say this but I think Horton is a better playoff performer… Missing his clutchness right now. Desperately hope Iggy proves me wrong though

      • matt14gg - May 9, 2014 at 5:19 AM

        It’s that whole line. The Canadiens are a bad matchup for them. That’s a great line, but they need to play against a team they can be physical with and grind down low. They are not fast enough to get in deep and start the forecheck/cycle. It makes Lucic look extra clumsy, Iginla look like a pedestrian player and Krejci with no one to dish the puck to. This is/will be the Bruins toughest, or should I say most frustrating, series. The Habs always make the Bruins look clumsy and slow.

      • cheetah440 - May 9, 2014 at 10:25 AM

        Lucic has been horrible, slow,lazy, can’t win a battle. It’s one thing to be slow, fine, but in the corners and one on one battles he is getting smoked. He has to be hurt or something because he looks over his head out there and it’s killing this line.

  10. ryanw822 - May 8, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    If the Bruins can get past the PP then they’ll win the series.

    And when I say PP, I mean Price and Posts.

  11. thesportsjudge - May 8, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    Keep stirring that pot O’Brien. You belong in a kitchen!

  12. shutton83 - May 8, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    Great. Game to watch and really sets the tone for the rest of the series, great play by both teams but the Bruins ability to keep the Canadiens subdued until the later stages really decided it. The 3rd lines for both teams were outstanding, Soderberg was the best Bruins forward on the ice tonight with Eriksson and Frasee both got good chances. While Gionta, Borque and Eller got some good chances on Rask. Outstanding play from both goalies, it’ll be interesting to see if Rask uses this game to get his confidence back up. Great game to watch, buckle up for Saturday.

    P.S.: Am I the only one who is still upset about Carey Prices crossbar getting the Vezina snub?

  13. shaundre93 - May 8, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    I told y’all, all this kid does is bury the puck! Gotta love the NHL playoffs, you never see a team make a run without contributions like that that come outta nowhere (see T Seguins 4 pts vs TBL). I really hope they keep Fraser in the lineup and I really hope they take Bartkowski out. He was by a mile the weakest link tonight and easily coulda gave the game away a couple times (Pretty please can Seidenberg play?). I thought the KIL line looked pretty good even though they didn’t score, they brought it tonight. Tuukka getting the goose egg is huge for his confidence, and the whole team for that matter. Cant wait for game 5!!

    • thesportsjudge - May 8, 2014 at 11:15 PM

      If Matt sits, who suits up?

      • jcmeyer10 - May 8, 2014 at 11:24 PM

        This. Muzzy is not the answer. Bart at least has some athleticism.

      • shutton83 - May 8, 2014 at 11:25 PM

        Siedenberg in all of our wet dreams but most likely Mezaros again. I was ok with Bart’s play tonight, Mezaros in my mind is still an offensive upgrade with the ability to play well defensively. It’s a toss up for me, Bart brings the skating ability and Mezaros the offensive punch from the blue line, all depends on what Claude thinks meshes best with the team at the given time.

      • shaundre93 - May 8, 2014 at 11:31 PM

        Not sure if you mean Bart or Fraser lol. I prefer Mez to Bart right now. Neither have been great but Mez is 100x better with the puck on his stick and doesn’t take a penalty every time he battles along the boards. If you meant Fraser, I could still see them going back to Caron on the 4th with Paille on the 3rd and I would very much dislike that. Don’t think it’ll happen though. Aside from the goal, Fraser looked great, and he has that natural goal scorers touch that few Bruins seem to have

      • thesportsjudge - May 9, 2014 at 5:51 PM

        I meant on D, shaundre.

  14. numbcracker2109 - May 8, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    The win was nice, but hopefully the Bruins become more aggressive when they get home. 1-0 OT wins are not good for my overall health

  15. ironmd778 - May 8, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    Suck it, Montreal.

    • shaundre93 - May 8, 2014 at 11:34 PM

      lol, judging by your thumbs up to down ratio the Habs fans aren’t coming out to play tonight haha

  16. jcmeyer10 - May 8, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    Soderberg is the next jersey I am getting. Kid is a beast.

  17. hockeyflow33 - May 8, 2014 at 11:10 PM

    What part of the Iginla hit was questionable?

    Seriously, where do you people come from?

    • jcmeyer10 - May 8, 2014 at 11:22 PM

      Pach was seen on the bench earlier wincing in pain. It was a clean hit that aggravated something else. People be reaching.

  18. Moop - May 8, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    Are commenters on here bi-polar or do respective fans of each team just come out as the series swings their way? Before the series began it was, “The Bruins will put the ultra dive team Canadiens in their place,” after game 3 it was “Really glad the most unlikeable team in the league is struggling!”, and now we’re back to supporting the Bruins.

    • jcmeyer10 - May 8, 2014 at 11:24 PM

      Wut?

    • shaundre93 - May 8, 2014 at 11:36 PM

      I think it has more to do with which fan base is swarming to this site at any given time. Depending on when you get on the Bruins are either the best team in the league or they play dirtier than the Charlestown Chiefs

    • ironyisadeadscene - May 9, 2014 at 6:37 AM

      It’s not just the Canadien fans but all the Bruins haters come out when they lose but disappear when they win. Especially the bitter Pens fans who pretty much just echo whatever is being said at the time.

      • micasa81 - May 9, 2014 at 10:28 AM

        I’m not on the Pens/Crosby hate train, but I gotta say, their fans loooove to troll. If you take away the montrealbbw or whatever his name is, who seems to exist purely to troll the Bruins, I’d say you could count the number of real Habs fans on PHT on one hand.

  19. numbcracker2109 - May 8, 2014 at 11:24 PM

    I’m loving that the refs have let them play, that takes balls in Montreal. The Iginla hit was fine, one shift Murray buried three guys into the boards from behind and I’m glad they weren’t called, and the penalties called were actual…. Penalties! And the hit by Emelin was a lot more dangerous than the Iginla hit.

    Now if only the linesmen can stop acting like judge Judy and drop the god damn puck, no one comes to see the refs and even fewer people come to see the linesmen, if that’s possible.

    • beyor35 - May 9, 2014 at 1:51 AM

      Can I give this comment 100 thumbs up? I can’t stand how the linesmen take 5 min to drop the puck every f’ing faceoff… We don’t want to even know you are there, just let the players play…

  20. live4hockey - May 8, 2014 at 11:29 PM

    So where is the questionable hit??

  21. pastabelly - May 8, 2014 at 11:31 PM

    Sooner or later, those crossbar shots will be goals.

  22. slaugin - May 8, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    Mesaros is a lazy liability at least with Bart you’re getting his best effort, he didn’t play a bad game and was on the ice for the game winner I believe

  23. slaugin - May 9, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    Lucic is absolutely useless out there, hopefully it’s just a bad matchup and not something else going on. I know everyone’s calling out Iggy but to me Lucic is the most lost

    • kovodisc - May 9, 2014 at 1:51 PM

      Lucic has gotten solid looks. Just because that line isn’t producing doesn’t mean they are sucking. It will start happening for that line and when it does….oh boy.

  24. dubblelznhell - May 9, 2014 at 12:11 AM

    If anything defines a “flukey” goal, it’s the OT winner by Fraser tonight. Boston got lucky. Montreal continues to skate circles around Boston. Even if they are “banged” up, which they’re not. Boston will lose a heartbreaker at home this Saturday.

    • ironyisadeadscene - May 9, 2014 at 6:45 AM

      Ahh yes, the “flukey” backhander past Price because your defense can’t clear the crease or control Price’s rebound

    • infectorman - May 9, 2014 at 7:15 AM

      Game1: BOTH of Subban’s goals we’re prayers…

      Doesn’t matter how they go in….as long as they count on the scoreboard

    • kovodisc - May 9, 2014 at 8:41 AM

      “Montreal continues to skate circles around Boston”

      Hab you even been watching the games?

    • davidmessina63 - May 9, 2014 at 10:48 AM

      I’m gonna go out on a limb but I think beating price 3 times only to be saved by a post or a crossbar is a little more flukey than Frasers goal.

    • pepper2011 - May 9, 2014 at 11:19 AM

      Yeah, um
      Shots:
      game 1: Boston 51 MTL 33 (+ an additional 30 blocked shots)
      game 2: Boston 34 MTL 28
      game 3: Boston 28 MTL 25 (29 blocked)
      game 4: Boston 35 MTL 33

      This does not account for the posts they hit either. The Bruins have outhit them in all four games. The Bruins have the Face off advantage in 3/4 games.

      They certainty are not skating circles around them by any means. Boston has had really bad puck luck – not an excuse; that’s the way things go. The year they won; the bounces seemed to always go their way. Hopefully this this game will swing thins back in their favor.

      They have hit 9-10 posts this series alone.

      The only time I have been worried MTL would score was on the PP.

      33% of the Canadiens goals have come on the PP (4/12). and 36% if you don’t count the Empty net.

      The Canadiens should be VERY worried. The B’s are 2-2 and they have got virtually nothing from their top line. With only one point from Krejci. Statistics will tell you that considering he is has averaged .9 points a game in his post season career (81 games is a good sample size) coming into this year; that he has to bust out of it at some point.

  25. stoogy - May 9, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    Hey baby bear fans, if you are lucky enough to win this series do you know what awaits? The PENS are unstoppable and will humiliate yinz on their way to the cup. MAF got his head straight, that’s all that was missing to this epic run. Just watch!

    • ironyisadeadscene - May 9, 2014 at 6:42 AM

      All it took was playing a team with an inept offense. Kudos as the flightless birds will be reminded how much he sucks when playing the Bruins or Canadiens in the next round.

    • kovodisc - May 9, 2014 at 8:40 AM

      LOL

      I believe y’all were singing the same song last year around this time. How did that work out for you?

      Mhmm

    • shaundre93 - May 9, 2014 at 10:02 AM

      Lol, he said yinz. Pittsburgh people are silly… Yinz

    • drewsylvania - May 9, 2014 at 10:58 AM

      LOL

    • pepper2011 - May 9, 2014 at 11:23 AM

      ahahahah ahahahaha ahahahah MAF.

      ahahahah… wait ahahahah

      Yeah it only takes one game to get him off his game too.

      He is a terrible goalie.

    • bsfan77 - May 9, 2014 at 4:49 PM

      Penns wont have a prayer against either the B’s or the Habs. Keep telling yourself they are playing great and then take a look at the team you are playing right now. They are rolling over and practically giving you the series. Keep talking like you did last year. How far did it get you? I believe there was a broom involved and tissues for Cindy.

  26. infectorman - May 9, 2014 at 7:12 AM

    What in the wide wide world of sports is goin on here?

    Where the heck are all the Habitants fans slingin their shizzz? Hopefully, they’re all ok and just sweatin out their hangovers and will join us back here sometime later today…

    Montrealbbr? Still trying to decide between Rangers and Penguins while you have a street fight right in your grill…

    c9castline? not coming out to play?

  27. micasa81 - May 9, 2014 at 8:14 AM

    Wow, anybody who cries about low-scoring games being boring, point them to this game. This series has been awesome so far.

    I’m conflicted about Murray being in the Habs’ lineup. His legs are made of concrete, which made for some spectacular (and more importantly, effective) hits, but he is frighteningly slow. Seeing him get turned around on a rush is not a comforting sight if you’re a Habs fan.

    The big question in my mind is whether these teams are really so different depending on which building they’re playing in. The first 2 games the Bs totally dominated and Montreal was just trying not to drown. Games 3 and 4 looked much more even, and as somebody who’s rooting for Les Boys, the latter 2 games gave me some hope that they’re not as outmatched as it first appeared.

  28. bobanddy - May 9, 2014 at 8:32 AM

    Soderberg is a beast that gets better every game it seems. Skilled guy who always fights till the whistle in front of the net. Bruins need to extend him long term this summer.

  29. joey4id - May 9, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    And a garbage goal it was. Good response by the B’s, but they are giving up too many stretch passes. Can Gionta score? Neither team dominated, so the President’s Trophy winners still have to be concerned with their game.

    joey4id – May 8, 2014 at 6:52 PM
    Price is in the player’s head. Both Krug and Hamilton said they had solved Price, but that didn’t turn out too good for them. The B’s have to go hard to the net and get pucks to those guys charging. The only way to beat Price is with garbage goals.

    • pepper2011 - May 9, 2014 at 12:09 PM

      You are taking what they said WAY out of context. They were asked about going high on Price when screened and the goalie is down.

      shoot high. Not complicated. Even Price called it out for what it is… Common sense.

      The only way to beat price is not with garbage goals. He has been very good… and also very lucky.

      I don’t think he is in their head at all. 10 or so posts could have very easily gone in and then everyone is talking about how bad he has been. Price has been great, but I could say that the only way to beat Rask in on breakaways off of bad turnovers, or PP shots from the point?

      Playoffs Rask has a .941 save % and a 1.67 GAA despite not playing well in at least two of these games. Price has a .921 and a 2.29.

      Price is a good goalie, but that’s nothing new. Rask has still out played him this post season.

      • joey4id - May 9, 2014 at 12:19 PM

        “Even Price called it out for what it is… Common sense” What else did you expect him to say? You want to know how he really felt? Go back to the second period of game three. Krug took a shot fro the top of the circle, which Price easily stopped. He then tossed the puck at Krug who had fallen and slide to the left of Price. What do you think that meant? Rasks SV% was very poor before last night’s game. Arguing with you would be like arguing with someone who thinks rain isn’t wet. Yawn! zzzzzzzzzzz!

      • joey4id - May 9, 2014 at 12:22 PM

        *Rasks SV% was very poor before last night’s game. I meant in this series.

      • pepper2011 - May 9, 2014 at 12:47 PM

        I’m not arguing with you because you have no argument.

        Both team have 11 goals this series. Price has outplayed Rask (until last night) which in itself is not what “should” happen.

        I am not saying anything bad about Price.

        Your whole argument is based on 3 games, but you’ll chose to ignore the 4th? Also, it is your opinion on something that really can’t be quantified that he is in their head and the only way to score is garbage goals. Are Tips garbage goals? Are Screens? what is your definition?

        Do you seriously think that professional athletes are going to let 3 games get into their head. They weren’t down 3-0 and they put up 4 on him in one of the games.

        your hatred of boston makes you disillusion.

        You do realize you invalidate your own argument by saying “Rasks SV% was very poor before last night’s game. I meant in this series”

        because it shows how small of a sample size you are using. If you are willing to throw out Rasks best game why don’t you throw out Price’s game 1?

        If you do Price is very ordinary with a .903 Save %

        argue that.

      • pepper2011 - May 9, 2014 at 1:19 PM

        Are you saying he threw a puck at Krug to spite him?

        You are telling me IN GAME he is more concerned with getting back at Krug (a rookie) than the right play?

        what the hejj?

        will anyone back him on this? I have a vague recollection of the play and I seem to remember it being the only outlet Price had because Krug was down or it was a rebound.

        If he is changing him game play about what a 20 year old, and a rookie are saying; the Bruins already won this series.

        I most certainly believe Price is far more composed than that.

        in additon his quote: Very specific. He didn’t say “yeah, you could say that about everyone”. while seething inside. He name specific goalies.

        “I’ve seen a lot of scouting reports on lots of goalies throughout the league and that’s pretty much the scouting report on everybody. So it’s the same for (Bruins goaltender) Tuukka (Rask), it’s the same for me, it’s the same for (Tampa’s) Ben Bishop, it’s the same for (Chicago’s) Corey Crawford. It’s a pretty irrelevant comment I thought,” said Price.
        from Here:
        http://www.northumberlandtoday.com/2014/05/05/bruins-say-they-have-found-carey-prices-weakness

        Are we to believe that Rask’s rebounds are a result of Price’s comments. WTF, seriosuly?

    • pepper2011 - May 9, 2014 at 1:20 PM

      you are nuts.

  30. montrealbbr - May 9, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    What a terrible end to this game. Montreal just dominated Boston all game long and Rask got lucky with some saves. I hate seeing them lose by a garbage goal because they deserved to win that game.

    Iginla should have gotten a penalty for his hit and should be suspended. Cant believe Iginla got away with that!

    • drewsylvania - May 9, 2014 at 12:15 PM

      I hear derp.

    • shutton83 - May 9, 2014 at 12:51 PM

      Okay I’ll play along lol, why did you think the Iginla hit was dirty? Did you see an elbow or anything that warranted a penalty or more severely a suspension?

    • infectorman - May 9, 2014 at 2:01 PM

      Since when is it OK to punch a player to the Ice?
      I’ve seen it at least 3x with Subban punching someone right in the chest to knock them over.

      Let em play and may the better, stronger team win.

      As far as your lament on the way the game ended….
      here you go

    • kovodisc - May 9, 2014 at 2:04 PM

      “I hate seeing them lose by a garbage goal because they deserved to win that game”

      How do you say “crazy” in French?

      There are almost as many posts in this thread as the amount of posts the B’s have tagged. Bruins owned most of that game…the Habs put some good pressure on in the 3rd, but 5-5 play, the Bruins have had the edge the entire series.

    • kovodisc - May 9, 2014 at 2:14 PM

      In regards to the hit that you think should be suspended (which is laughable)…

      Do you hear any Bruins crying about some of the hits Murray is making out there? They are no different then what Iginla did. No one is up in arms about them because they are part of the game and are good, clean, hard, hits.

      You seem to have bought what Patches was trying to sell. The cost? Your credibility.

      • dboldave - May 9, 2014 at 2:29 PM

        Murray was a beast out there last night. That one shift he took out like three Bruins was just nuts. Obviously I don’t like to see the Bruins get hit like that but they were all hard, clean hockey hits and if you are going to cheer when your team dishes it, you can’t cry for a penalty when it’s time to take it!

    • bsfan77 - May 9, 2014 at 4:42 PM

      The Bruins have hit 3 posts per game. In my eyes they beat Price with these shots and the post saved them. As far as the Iginla hit being dirty, you are out of your mind. Good, clean hockey hit. Murray was hitting just as hard and you don’t hear Boston fans crying, do you? Stay classy Habnots.

  31. theskinsman - May 9, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Call the RCMP!!

    Isn’t figure skating on another channel? You seem so devastated every time someone bumps into a habs player. I think Iglina should’ve hit him much harder.

  32. davidmessina63 - May 9, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    Q. What does an average Montreal Canadiens fan get on an IQ test?

    A. Drool

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