On Wednesday, Matt Fraser was in Providence, R.I., competing in the AHL playoffs. By Thursday night, he was the hero of the Boston Bruins’ game four overtime victory after scoring the contest's only goal.
"Words can't even describe that feeling," said Fraser. "I don't even want to begin to try to explain that. It's something I wish every kid could feel.”
After three scoreless periods between the Bruins and the Montreal Canadiens, Fraser took the rebound off of a Carl Soderberg shot, and placed the puck behind Habs goaltender Carey Price. Just like that, the game was over. The Bruins were heading back to Boston with the series tied at two.
Tuukka Rask earned the shutout for the Bruins with 33 saves. Price was also masterful in net, but came up one save short; casting aside 34 of 35 shots.
"It bounced over my stick, and I lost it in the crowd of people in front of me," said Price. "Somebody yelled 'Over!' so I looked over my left shoulder and obviously it wasn't there, and somebody poked it on in."
Fraser was acquired from the Dallas Stars by Boston this summer with Loui Eriksson, Reilly Smith and Joseph Morrow in exchange for Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverley and Ryan Button. While he did play in 14 regular season games for the Bruins, he spent most of the season with their minor-league affiliate: The Providence Bruins. This was Fraser’s first NHL playoff contest.
Game five of the series will be contested on Saturday, with the puck scheduled to drop at 7 p.m. ET.