As Matt Fraser stepped onto the ice for his first-career Stanley Cup playoff game, drawing into the lineup for the Boston Bruins in place of Jordan Caron, the winger had to be thinking about what he had to do to stay in the lineup.
Play hard. Limit mistakes. Keep the puck in the offensive zone and maintain momentum. Fraser did them all, and then some, scoring the 1-0 overtime winner in his debut to send the series back to Boston for Game 5 tied at two games apiece:
Fraser scored just 79 seconds into overtime to give the Bruins the win. Big change from yesterday.
"Yesterday I was at Chipotle eating lunch and wondering what I was going to do for the day," he said.
It wasn't pretty, but after watching 60 minutes of Carey Price and Tuukka Rask do what they do best, you knew it wouldn't be. After Johnny Boychuk's point shot hit the end boards, Fraser and Carl Soderberg crashed the net, banging away at a loose puck in the hopes that one of them might get to it before Carey Price.
Fraser found it first, and with that, you have to wonder if the Canadiens are in trouble. If they'd managed to hold on in Game 2, and get just one in Game 4, this series would be over. Instead, it's tied, and they'll only have home ice for one more.
What's more: Tuukka Rask, who's struggled in this series and against the Canadiens throughout his career, appears to have found his game. Now, a tough task becomes even tougher.
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