A fortunate bounce off the boards gave Boston’s Matt Fraser the chance to tap in the only goal of the game in overtime to give the Bruins a 1-0 win over Montreal.
Tuukka Rask made 33 saves on the night to earn the shutout and tie the series at 2-2.
This loss gives the Montreal Canadiens their first home defeat of the 2014 playoffs.
Carey Price stopped 34 shots in a game that was filled with end-to end-action. Both teams played to their strengths, with the Canadiens using their speed to launch deadly counter-attacks and create turnovers.
The defensemen blocked shots and peppered Rask with point shots as well. The home crowd did their best to lift the Canadiens to victory, but weren’t rewarded for their effort.
The Boston Bruins kept it simple and once again used their physical play to create chances. Even though there was only one goal scored, I believe this was a very entertaining game. The referees let these teams play by not calling unnecessary penalties. In fact, there were only three penalties called in the entire game.
That was a big surprise since there were a total of 72 intense hits in this game, one of which involved veteran Jarome Iginla absolutely leveling Montreal’s Max Pacioretty face first into the glass. Pacioretty was shaken up but amazingly stayed in the game.
Montreal forward Michael Bornival really impressed me in this game. He ended the night with four shots on goal and did a wonderful job fighting his way to the Boston goal throughout the game.
Douglas Murray also had an impressive night, throwing some key hits in the defensive zone to halt the Bruins' attacks. All in all, it was a very entertaining game and it’s a shame it had to end in such a weird way. However, I’m sure Boston’s Matt Fraser has no problem playing the hero on the road for his team.
The Montreal Canadiens will have to move on from this loss. This game was a goaltending battle that unfortunately saw Rask come out the winner. If the Montreal can keep the game close, they’ll have a great chance of stealing a win on the road.
It’s not like they’ve fallen behind in the series. They just need to keep their composure and put lots of pressure on Rask.
The Boston Bruins must win game five. If they don't, I believe the Montreal Canadiens will win the series. I hope Rask will be ready because he's going to be facing a lot of shots on Saturday night.
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