If it is offensive explosions you are looking for, you didn’t find it in Montreal on Thursday night.
Tuukka Rask and Carey Price put on a goaltending duel, combining for 67 saves before rookie Matt Fraser scored in overtime to give the Bruins a 1-0 win and a 2-2 series tie as they head back to Boston for game 5.
It was Fraser’s first career playoff goal in his first playoff game, after being called up from the Providence Bruins earlier in the day to provide a spark of offense. Nobody imagined it would be the only goal of the game and probably the most important goal in the Boston Bruins’ season.
It was a hard-hitting affair but one that was mostly clean for the most part as the referees let them play because they didn’t go over the line. Sure, there were calls that could have been made, but you can’t argue that it was a fair game.
The Habs used their speed to counter the physical forecheck of the Boston Bruins, and dished out some abuse of their own, most notably big defenseman Douglas Murray, who led the Habs with 6 hits.
Fraser’s goal was a case of right place at the right time, as he picked up a loose puck in a scramble after Price lost sight of it and looked the wrong way in search of it.
Game 5 goes Saturday night in Boston, for the series that has now become a best of 3.