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Bruins even series with Canadiens on Fraser goal

05/09/2014, 12:00am EDT
By ASSOCIATED PRESS

MONTREAL — Matt Fraser scored at 1:19 of overtime to give the Boston Bruins a 1-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night, tying the Eastern Conference semifinal series 2-2.

Making his NHL playoff debut after being called up Wednesday from Providence of the American Hockey League, Fraser jumped into a scramble in front of goalie Carey Price and slid the puck under him into the net.

Fraser scored after Johnny Boychuk's shot from the point took a high hop off the end boards and Price and defenseman Mike Weaver had trouble controlling the bouncing puck.

Tuukka Rask made 33 saves for Boston, and Price stopped 34 shots.

The teams played their first scoreless period in regulation time in the series in a tight-checking first marked mainly by icings and missed passes.

Boston's Carl Soderberg had the best chance in the final minute after Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban's blind back pass was intercepted, but Price got a piece of it as it went off the crossbar.

Another goal-less period followed as shooters misfired, particularly Montreal's Max Pacioretty on a setup from Thomas Vanek, and both goalies held their ground. Each team went on the power play once, but even that failed to break the deadlock.

The Canadiens went on attack in the third, peppering the Boston net and outshooting the Bruins 14-7.

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