Monday, January 22, 2018
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MONTREAL — Matt Fraser scored at 1:19 of overtime to give the Bruins a 1-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night, tying the Eastern Conference semifinal series at two.

Making his NHL playoff debut after being called up Wednesday from Providence of the American Hockey League, Fraser jumped into a scramble in front of 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.

Game 5 is Saturday night in Boston.

Tuukka Rask made 33 saves for Boston, and Price stopped 34 shots.

The teams played their first scoreless period in regulation time in the series in a tight-checking first marked mainly by icings and missed passes.

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First PeriodNone. PenaltiesNone.

Second PeriodNone. PenaltiesP.Subban, Mon (holding), 7:05; Bartkowski, Bos (holding), 11:49.

Third PeriodNone. PenaltiesEmelin, Mon (boarding), 8:21. First Overtime1, Boston, Fraser 1 (Soderberg, Boychuk), 1:19. PenaltiesNone. Shots on GoalBoston 13-12-7-3—35. Montreal 10-9-14-0—33. Power-play opportunitiesBoston 0 of 2; Montreal 0 of 1. GoaliesBoston, Rask 6-3-0 (33 shots-33 saves). Montreal, Price 6-2-0 (35-34). A21,273 (21,273). T2:51. Referees—Brad Watson, Steve Kozari. LinesmenSteve Miller, Scott Driscoll.

ST. LOUIS' MOTHER Dies: The mother of former Lightning captain and current Rangers wing Marty St. Louis died on Thursday.

St. Louis' mother, France, suffered a heart attack in a hospital following a lengthy illness. She was 63.

It is unknown whether St. Louis will play in Game 5 tonight in Pittsburgh of their Eastern Conference semifinal.

In assessing his performance Wednesday after the Game 4 loss to the Penguins, St. Louis said, "This was probably the worst playoff game I've played as long as I can remember playing."

In 11 playoff games this year, St. Louis has two goals, with no points in four games against the Penguins. The former Lightning captain entered the playoffs with 33 goals in 63 games.

The Penguins lead the Eastern Conference semifinal series 3-1 and could close out the series in Pittsburgh tonight. In Game 4, St. Louis lost his man on the Penguins' final goal that clinched the win just 57 seconds after the Rangers had drawn within 3-2.

"I know everybody looks for statistics, but I gauge my performance more on how I play, and I thought that I had some strong games in the first round without being rewarded for it. But I didn't give myself a chance in this one,'' St. Louis told the New York Post.

"I made poor plays and bad decisions. I have to forget about it and fight through it. I can't go into a protection mode. I've got to be honest with myself. I was awful,'' St. Louis said.

The Lightning traded St. Louis to the Rangers in March for Ryan Callahan.

This is the 16th time in New York's history the Rangers have been down 3-1 in a series. Each time they've been eliminated.

An unlikely rally needs to start Friday night, though coach Alain Vigneault doesn't shy away from the fact his team has simply been outplayed.

"They're (the Penguins) a good team and I don't want to take any credit away from how well they're playing right now," Vigneault said. "They're making it real hard on us."

LIGHTNING IN BELARUS: Five Lightning players will be competing in the world championships, which begins today in Minsk, Belarus, and runs through May 25: center Tyler Johnson (United States), right wing Richard Panik (Slovakia), defenseman Dmitry Korobov (Belarus), and goaltenders Kristers Gudlevskis (Latvia) and Andrei Vasilevskiy (Russia).

MAPLE LEAFS KEEP CARLYLE, fire assistants: Randy Carlyle is coming back as Maple Leafs coach next season. General manager Dave Nonis said he and new team president Brendan Shanahan "decided together that Randy Carlyle was the right person to lead this team."

Carlyle and the Leafs agreed to a two-year contract extension, but assistants Dave Farrish, Greg Cronin and Scott Gordon will not be returning next season.

"In Randy, we know that we have a leader who has enjoyed a high level of success as both a player and a coach, including a Stanley Cup championship," Nonis said in a statement.

Toronto went 2-12 in its last 14 games under Carlyle after being as high as second place in the Atlantic Division. Carlyle led the Leafs to the playoffs in the lockout-shortened 2013 season, the club's first post-season appearance since 2004.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Goaltender Oscar Dansk signed a three year entry level contract with the Blue Jackets. Dansk, 20, was Columbus' second pick, 31st overall, at the 2012 draft. Dansk earned top goaltender honors at the 2014 world junior championships after posting five wins with a 1.79 goals-against average in helping Sweden win a silver medal. Dansk has spent the past two seasons with the Erie Otters of the Ontario junior league. … Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw will not play against the Wild in Game 4 of the teams' Western Conference semifinal series tonight due to a lower-body injury. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville did not say whether Shaw would return.

Times staff writer Joe Smith contributed to this report.

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