Liveblog: Eastern semifinal Game 4 – Bruins win 1-0 in OT, tie series

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Thud!

A great game ended with a greast goal.

At least the agony was not prolonged.

Matt Fraser, recalled from Boston's AHL team in Providence, scored Game 4's only goal 1:19 into Overtime.

It came off a mad scramble as Carey Price lost track of a puck that bounced off the end boards out in front.

It was a bitter loss for the Canadiens, who peppered Tuukka Rask with 33 shots.

Boston had three shots in OT, the Canadiens none.

Who the #$%^ is Matt Fraser?

Barely a minute into Overtime, the Bruins' call-up – playing his first playoff game – slipped the puck past Carey Price for the only goal of Game 4.

Best game of the series

No mistakes by either team.

The whole third period felt like Overtime.

Canadiens had a 14-7 shot advantage, 33-32 on the game.

Carey Price got more help from his posts on a Reilly Smith chance.

First goal wins it?

Boston outshot the Canadiens 12-9 in the second period.

Each team had a power-play.

Neither scored.

Brian Gionta was sent in alone but he was stopped by Tuukka Rask.

VERY tense game.

And we know who owns the third period.

You can tell it's a biggie

Very tight 20 minutes.

Boston outshot the Canadiens 12-10.

HIO is experiencing tech problems, for which we apologize.

The computer geeks are on it.

It could get loud ... and nasty

Fearless prediction: A rockin', rollin' Thursday night at the Bell Centre.

Down 2-1 in the series, Boston will come out thumpin' and jumpin'. The Canadiens' ability to deal with early pressure could be the key to success in what shapes up as the pivotal game of the series.

Carey Price won't be nervous. Neither will P.K. Subban.

Price has been better than Tuukka Rask. P.K. has outshone Norris Trophy finalist Zdeno Chara.

And Michel Therrien has taken advantage of home ice to get the players he wants on he ice for critical situations, notably defensive zone faceoffs.

Claude Julien, no slouch in the strategy department, doubtless has cooked up some adjustments for Game 4.

It should be a beauty.

Puck drops 7:40ish.

Check back later for live game blogging.

 

 

1,456 Comments

  1. Strummer says:

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    “You are not T.J. Oshie. Do not shoot pucks at people without a helmet.”.

  2. shakey says:

    Get rid of the new lines. First game in the playoffs we have struggled to score and exhibited no finish.

  3. The Jackal says:

    @CJ

    Like reading your posts too. I don’t mean to say that the criticisms aren’t warranted, I think you make some good points. But IMO, I think second-guessing the coaches is easy blame. Not that it cannot be deserved, and you raise valid concerns, but to me it’s a bit unfair after the good job they have done thus far.

    I don’t give MT carte blanche but I give him the benefit of the doubt because he had done a good job so far. Not only in the playoffs, but under the new regime. That being said, Beaulieu in for Cube or Murray is a good idea.

    • CJ says:

      Fair enough. It is opportunistic, no denying that. Easy prey following a loss. Again, I just want to beat these guys. Beating Boston really would feel like we are on top of the mountain. Whatever the team chooses to do, they will have my full support once the puck is dropped. I don’t care if it’s Frankie, Murray or a rookie. I just want to win. Cheers, CJ

  4. JF says:

    The positive is that we played a much better third period than has mostly been the case these playoffs.

  5. JohnBellyful says:

    Is this how you remember the game now? The entire time Murray was on the ice, all 13:56 of it, including 1:39 on the penalty kill, the puck never left the Montreal end, and he was chasing it frantically the entire time while all his teammates stood by wondering if he’d ever track it down.
    I feel sorry for the guy, I can only imagine the tongue lashing he received from Therrien for having cost the team the game when he placed so much faith in him putting him out there in the opening minutes of the overtime. Okay, maybe the coach was playing a hunch, Murray would block a shot, the puck would bounce out past the blue line, spring a Montreal forward on a breakaway, and that fellow would turn out to be a hero — because he was the only forward out of 12 to actually, you know, score a goal.
    Murray owns this loss. Just being in the lineup weakened the defensive unit so much it couldn’t protect a 0-0 tie after 60 minutes of play.
    Even if you argue the Bruins had far fewer scoring chances than they did in games 1 and 2, and Price was called upon to make far fewer spectacular saves, well, that would be nitpicking.
    Next thing you know, you’ll be blaming the forwards for not scoring or saying Rask finally played up to his reputation.
    Don’t you dare try to remove those goat horns from Murray’s head.

    • Congrats to Team Canada says:

      Not sure where the sarcasm ends or begins. However i’ll say this Murray was not the problem, for any one of the 3 or 4, 5 6 7 8 or 9 posts Bruins have hit in this series. Habs are fortunate, to have only lost by a goal, be it even a crappy one.

  6. The Jackal says:

    Sorry for all the posts… I’m using the bloody crappy app.

    Despite what I said, and I do think MT made a mistake, playing Beaulieu over Cube and Crankshaft is a good idea. Still, I’ll take 2-2 over trailing in the series and it does seem like Boston is more nervous than we are. Also, playing PK more would be a good idea. MT is a creature of habit but he does adjust to different situations and that will help us out in game 5

  7. Habcouver says:

    Final comment in a disappointing night:
    MT would not be criticized this evening if we weren’t beaten by a fluke goal and went on to win.

    I’m with Mattyleg in saying our Boys played a pretty good game.

    Night all,

    We Are (Not) All Canucks.
    Proudly Canadian but passionately Canadien!

    • CJ says:

      It was an excellent game and could have certainly gone either way. Unfortunately professional sports is a cruel business. Imagine firing Corey Hirsch (St. Louis goalie coach) for the loss to the Blackhawks and miller’s poor play.

      When you win you often receive unjustified acclaim. When you lose, everything falls under the microscope. It’s terribly even, and a decision here, a play there could decide the outcome. Again, it might not be fair, but that’s the reality.

      Cheers, CJ

      • Habcouver says:

        BTW, my wife is twice the fan I am… and she’s just p*ssed with the outcome. :p

        We Are (Not) All Canucks.
        Proudly Canadian but passionately Canadien!

    • habstrinifan says:

      I am gonna defend myself on your ‘argument’. I DID NOT wait until the end of the game to post my concerns.

      I made 3 posts BEFORE overtime that the DPAIRNGS TOI need to be adjusted.

  8. Prop says:

    I don’t think it’s fair to pin it all on Murray. When the goal happened, things went very wrong in maybe one second. When the puck hit Price, his head turned the opposite way looking for it, and the Bruin whacked it in the net after the initial save. It happened that quick.

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    • Commandant says:

      Yes it was a bad bounce. No doubt Prop.

      However I’m not blaming Murray for that one play. I’m blaming Murray because of the fact the Bruins have the puck in our end 83% of the time when he is on the ice.

      We all know that games like this are often won and lost by good and bad bounces.

      When they are always in our end, the chances of being a victim of a bad bounce instead of the recipient of a good one greatly increase.

      Go Habs Go!

      http://lastwordonsports.com/

      • Prop says:

        Murray can’t cover everybody though during that 83%, nobody can. You have to look at what the 4 other guys are doing as well and what the Boston players did as well. AFAIK, if you play hockey on the defensive side, you have to cover your man, and it all depends on what that guy does too. Hockey is too quick to boil it down to simple numbers IMO. Looks good on paper, but there are too many variables.

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        • Commandant says:

          Every single player on this team grades out 7% worse or more when playing with Murray vs when playing with him on the bench/pressbox. EVERY SINGLE ONE.

          Every single player on three teams have played 5% worse or more when playing with Murray over the last 3 seasons.

          Murray’s last good season was 2011.

          But it doesn’t just take numbers to understand it. Watch during a game… how many times will Murray make a pass to a player who is open and skating? almost never. We can’t keep possession with him on the ice… its either off the glass and out, (and Boston gets possession again)… or its a pass to a man standing still on the boards with a bruin covering him. This winger then chips it out of the zone and the bruins retrieve and attack again… or its an icing.

          We never create any transition with him on the ice.

          Thats not co

          Go Habs Go!

          http://lastwordonsports.com/

          • Prop says:

            Ok, in my mind we’re getting somewhere. In essence, he’s a s***ty passer.
            Which also leads to one “oh $#!t” erases a hundred ‘attaboys. Look at Subban’s diving block, if he was maybe 6-7 inches short, he would have been a goat as well.

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      • Ron says:

        Never ending fairy tale with you. Although quite fitting coming from you..


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