Matt Fraser received the call Thursday morning that he was being summoned to make the jump to the NHL. With only 27 games of NHL experience under his belt he took advantage of the opportunity and soared with it. Not only was he summonsed to play an important role in a second-round playoff series, but against the Canadiens nonetheless.
While he may have entered the Belle Center Arena unknown, he put his name in the minds of everyone as he netted the series-tying, overtime game-winning goal at the 1:19 mark.
“Words can’t even describe that feeling,” Fraser said when asked how he felt after scoring the OT goal. “I just watched the replay of it and yet, I don’t even want to try to explain that because that’s something I wish every kid could feel.”(via CBS Boston)
While Fraser put himself under the spotlight last night, plenty of other members of the Bruins squad contributed to the victory as well. Defense-wise the Bruins looked the most sound they have been all postseason long. Despite still having some shakiness between the continual Meszaros/Bartkowski rotation, they were more solid than in previous games. With the added confidence from the defensive core, Rask shined. He came up with the big saves and instilled the first low-scoring game of the Montreal/Boston series.
“Obviously, this one was very important,” Chara told reporters after Game 4. “You want to even up the series, you don’t want to be down two games, that’s not a good position to be in. We realized that, and we worked really hard for it. It was a very even game. It was scoreless until overtime and then we finally got one in on (Candiens goalie Carey) Price on a third effort.”(via NESN)
While the Bruins have now tied the series 2-2 with the Canadiens, they look to go up 3-2 Saturday evening as they suit up for Game 5 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.