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Bruins down Canadiens in OT to tie series 2-2

AP

Matt Fraser fantasized about a night like this as a kid in Red Deer, Alberta.

Making his NHL playoff debut after being called up Wednesday from Providence of the American Hockey League, the 23-year-old Fraser scored at 1:19 of overtime to give the Boston Bruins a 1-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday.

“It’s something I dreamed about many times on the outdoor rinks growing up,” Fraser said. “It’s every kid’s dream to score in overtime.”

The goal tied the Eastern Conference semifinal series 2-2.

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.

“It was bouncing around and I was just swatting at it as hard as I could and hoping it would hit something,” Fraser said. “Price is such a good goalie. He doesn’t give out a lot of rebounds. I might have got lucky there, but the puck wound up in the back of the net.”

Game 5 is Saturday night in Boston.

“We knew how tight this series would be,” Boston coach Claude Julien said. “It doesn’t mean any more than that we’ve tied the series. It’s been tight every game.

“It was important to get back in the series, but I don’t think we’ve played our best hockey. We’ve played hard, but I’ve seen us play better. You hope the win here will help us get better and we’ll go from there.”

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

“This was a hard-nosed game between two well-prepared teams,” Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said. “We lost a battle in front of the net on the winning goal, but I’m pleased with our team’s effort.”

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.

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 got a piece of it as it went off the crossbar. Ducks 3, Kings 2

In Los Angeles, Teemu Selanne scored the tiebreaking power-play goal late in the second period, Corey Perry got his first goal of the series, and Anaheim trimmed the Kings’ series lead to 2-1 in the Western Conference semifinals.

Jonas Hiller made seven saves in the final 9:58 after rookie goalie Frederik Andersen left with a right leg injury for the Ducks, who bounced back from two narrow losses in Anaheim to open the series.

Ben Lovejoy added a goal with 2:55 to play as the Ducks snapped the Kings’ six-game winning streak.

Jeff Carter and Mike Richards scored and Jonathan Quick stopped 19 shots for Los Angeles, which hadn’t lost since Game 3 of its stunning first-round series against San Jose.

Game 4 is Saturday night at Staples Center.