MONTREAL -- The Boston Bruins evened their second-round series with the Montreal Canadiens at two games apiece when minor league call-up Matt Fraser scored at 1:19 of overtime to give the Bruins a 1-0 win.
The scoreless first period was intense and entertaining. The Bruins finished with 13 shots in the opening period, while Montreal had 10. Boston created some quality scoring chances, especially late in the period, but Carey Price either made the save or was helped by the pipes behind him.
Tuukka Rask made some timely saves too.
The Bruins had two solid chances in the waning minutes of the first, but couldn’t capitalize. At the 19-minute mark, the Bruins created a two-on-one but P.K. Subban made a strong defensive play, sliding across and blocking a would-be centering attempt by the Bruins’ Carl Soderberg.
Then, with 45 seconds remaining, Boston’s forecheck created a turnover behind the Montreal net and Soderberg had another chance but his shot hit the crossbar.
In the second, the teams were trying just about everything -- good and bad -- in order to finally score, but the period ended in a stalemate. The Bruins had 12 shots in the period, while Montreal managed nine. Rask made a sharp left-pad save at the 6:17 mark when the Canadiens’ Lars Eller took a slap shot from the top of the left faceoff circle.
Montreal’s Rene Bourque created a quality chance midway through the second when he used a burst of speed to get around Boston defenseman Johnny Boychuk. Bourque cruised through the crease and attempted to stuff the puck far side, but his attempt hit the side of the net.
Late in the period, the Canadiens’ Michael Bournival received a pass in the high slot and had plenty of room to move in, but decided to shoot and Rask made a glove save after a clean look.
The third period has been kind to the Bruins in this series. In the first three games, Boston scored eight of its 10 goals in the third period.
That theme did not continue in Game 4. Boston had seven shots in the third, while Montreal generated 14.
However, during Boston’s second power play of the game eight minutes into the third, the Bruins controlled the play in the offensive zone when Reilly Smith’s shot from the left faceoff circle made its way through traffic and rang off the left post.
Both goalies continued to make big saves and this one needed overtime to decide the winner.
SPECIAL TEAMS: The Bruins went 0-for-2 on the power play. Montreal went 0-for-1.
LINEUP CHANGES: Fraser, who was recalled Thursday from Providence of the AHL, was inserted onto Boston’s third line, along with Soderberg and Loui Eriksson. The Bruins’ energy line was reunited with Daniel Paille, who had been playing on the third line, rejoining the group. Forward Jordan Caron was a healthy scratch. Defensively, Matt Bartkowski returned to the lineup after being a healthy scratch the past two games. Defenseman Andrej Meszaros did not play.