Matt Fraser the OT hero as Bruins even series
|05.08.14 at 10:33 pm ET|
MONTREAL — Matt Fraser proved Claude Julien right for putting him in the lineup, as he scored the only goal of Game 4 to help the Bruins even their second-round series against the Canadiens with a 1-0 overtime win Thursday at the Bell Centre.
Despite struggling to find space and going 0-for-2 on the power play, the Bruins got their chances throughout the night, but continued to hit posts. Carl Soderberg and Reilly Smith both fell victim to the iron, with Soderberg hitting the crossbar at the end of the first period and Smith hitting the left post during Boston’s third-period power play.
In the lineup for the B’s were Matt Bartowski and Fraser, the latter of whom was recalled on Wednesday and skated on Boston’s third line. Jordan Caron and Andrej Meszaros were both healthy scratches after playing Game 3.
Game 5 will be played Saturday night at TD Garden.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
— Rask was big for the Bruins through the first two periods. The Vezina favorite was particularly cruel to Michael Bournvial, who had numerous chances Thursday. Bournival’s best bid came in the first period off a Brad Marchand turnover in the Bruins zone, but Rask stopped that, as well as a shot from the Montreal forward in the second period and a high shot in the third.
That wasn’t all. After the Bruins dominated the first five minutes of the second period, the B’s netminder came up with a big save on a Lars Eller tip. Later in that shift, Brian Gionta missed the puck on the doorstep off a rebound of an Eller shot.
Rask also stopped a Grade A bid from Eller in front on a rebound early in the third.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
— Whenever he’s ready, the Bruins will take some offense from David Krejci. Boston’s first-line center created a lot of chances in Game 1 and picked up an assist in Game 2, but he’s largely been a ghost offensively thus far this season. Krejci’s most notable play Thursday was a bad turnover in the second period, and through four games he is a minus-2.
— The rotating D spot on the left side that’s been up for grabs is becoming a problem. The play of Bartkowski and Meszaros when they’re in of late has suggested that Dennis Seidenberg had better hurry up. Bartkowski took a holding penalty behind the net when he took down Eller in the second period. The B’s killed off that penalty, but it still wasn’t a pretty night for the young defenseman.
Since returning from the flu in Game 3 of the first round, Bartkowski has fought the puck and has struggled knocking guys off the puck in his own zone. He’s always appeared to be the better option than Meszaros, but at this point it’s a coin flip with a frowny face on both sides of the coin.
— The Canadiens blocked a ton of point shots in Game 3, but they showed in Game 4 that they can get in front of just about anything. Both Soderberg and Smith had shots from the slot or high slot blocked early on Thursday night.
— P.K. Subban did a terrific job of breaking up a Bruins two-on-one late in the first period. The dynamic Montreal defenseman laid out to break up Soderberg’s pass, negating what would have been a very good scoring chance for Boston.