Bruins Call Up Matt Fraser, Who Then Scores OT Winner in Game 4 Against the Habs (Video)
One of the best things about the Stanley Cup Playoffs is sudden death overtime. A team’s fate can change in a heartbeat, and you just never know who might prove to be a hero.
That was certainly the case for the Bruins last night in Montreal. Trailing the Canadiens 2-1 in their second round series, they entered overtime one bad bounce away from a huge 3-1 hole.
Luckily for them, that didn’t happen. Instead, they got a goal just 1:17 into the extra frame, and it came from Matt Fraser, the 23-year-old they’d just called up from the AHL the day before.
Fraser had only appeared in 14 games for the Bruins this year, and last night was his first ever playoff game. So of course he scored the historic game-winner in a 1-0 game.
How historic was it, though? Well for starters, it was only the 6th time in the last 75 years a player scored his first playoff goal in a 1-0 overtime game. Minnesota’s Mikael Granlund also accomplished that feat this year.
However, Granlund did not also score an OT goal in the AHL playoffs this season. Fraser did, and he is now the first person ever to score OT winners in the AHL playoffs and the NHL playoffs in the same year.
After the game, Fraser told Chris Johnson of Rogers SportsNet that yesterday he was eating lunch at Chipotle, wondering what he’d do the rest of the day.
Funny how life works sometimes, isn’t it?
Hat Tip – [Pro Hockey Talk]