Bruins edge Canadiens in OT to square series
MONTREAL (AP) — Boston’s Matt Fraser had a playoff debut to remember, scoring early in overtime to give the Bruins a 1-0 victory at Montreal on Thursday, leveling their NHL Eastern Conference semifinal series 2-2.
Across the country, Anaheim beat in-form local rival Los Angeles 3-2 to cut the Kings’ lead in the Western Conference series to 2-1.
Boston’s Fraser was making his first playoff appearance after being called up Wednesday from Providence of the American Hockey League. He jumped into a scramble in front of Canadiens 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.
The Bruins will have a chance to take the lead in the series when they host Game 5 on Saturday.
Tuukka Rask made 33 saves for Boston, and Price stopped 34 shots to keep the game scoreless in regulation time.
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 partially blocked the shot as it went off the crossbar.
Anaheim’s Teemu Selanne scored the tiebreaking power-play goal late in the second period and the Ducks got the win they badly needed against Los Angeles.
Corey Perry got his first goal of the series and Ben Lovejoy scored with 2:55 left to give the Ducks victory and halt the Kings’ winning streak at six.
Anaheim’s Jonas Hiller made seven saves in the final 9:58 after rookie starting goaltender Frederik Andersen left with a leg injury.
Jeff Carter and Mike Richards scored and Jonathan Quick stopped 19 shots for the Kings, who had not lost since Game 3 of the first-round series against San Jose, which they stunningly turned around with four-straight wins to snatch a 4-3 victory.