MONTREAL — The Boston Bruins evened their best-of-seven playoff series with the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night at Bell Centre with a 1-0 overtime victory.
A goal by winger Matt Fraser, playing in his first NHL playoff game, at 1:19 of overtime gave the Bruins the victory, knotting the Eastern Conference semifinal at two games apiece. Game 5 is set for Saturday night.
Fraser knocked a bouncing puck into the open side by Montreal goaltender Carey Price.
The Canadiens failed to get a shot on goal in the short extra session, while the Bruins had three.
Through 60 minutes, Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask stopped all 33 shots he faced, while Price was equal to the task, stopping all 32 pucks that came his way.
Both sides threatened during a third period penalty to Montreal defenseman Alexei Emelin, who was whistled for boarding after ramming Bruins center David Krejci’s head into the end boards.
First, Boston winger Reilly Smith rung a wrist shot off the post to Price’s right. Moments later, Canadiens winger Brian Gionta found himself alone in front of Rask, who stopped both the first attempt and Gionta’s hack at the rebound.
After taking just one penalty each in Game 3, the Canadiens and Bruins were again on their best behavior through 40 minutes. The Bruins couldn’t do much during a second period holding penalty to Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban, who had the team’s only penalty Tuesday. Montreal’s power play was just as ineffective while Boston defenseman Matt Bartkowski served two for holding later in the frame.
After scoring two breakaway goals in Game 3’s 4-2 victory, the Canadiens had another such opportunity with 5 1/2 minutes to go in the second. This time, Rask stoned Gionta, who tried to beat him with a high, short-side backhand.
The Bruins outshot the Canadiens 13-10 in a first period, which saw Price make a great arm save off a shot by Boston center Carl Soderberg from the slot, and Rask stand tall on an odd-man rush chance by Montreal winger Michael Bournival.NOTES: Fraser was recalled from Providence of the AHL earlier in the day and inserted onto the team’s third line with C Carl Soderberg and RW Loui Erikkson. Fraser, 23, had two goals in 14 regular season games for Boston and notched 20, along with 10 assists, for Providence. He took the roster spot of RW Jordan Caron. ... Boston also dressed D Matt Bartkowski and put D Andrej Meszaros in the press box. It was the fifth playoff game this spring for Bartkowski, who had no goals, 18 assists and a plus-22 rating in 64 regular-season games. ... Montreal made no roster changes for Game 4.