Hours after being recalled from the American Hockey League’s Providence Bruins, Matt Fraser made history on Thursday night.
His goal 1:19 into overtime gave the Boston Bruins a 1-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens in Game 4 of their Stanley Cup Eastern Conference semifinal at the Bell Centre, evening the series at two games apiece.
Fraser was making his NHL postseason debut after he tallied three goals and two assists in Providence’s five-game first-round series victory over Springfield to open the Calder Cup Playoffs.
Fraser, who netted the winning goal in the P-Bruins’ overtime victory over the Falcons in Game 2 of that series, became the first player ever with OT goals in the AHL and NHL playoffs during the same postseason.
Fraser has been the most prolific goal-scorer in the AHL over the last three seasons, tallying 90 goals with Providence (2013-14) and Texas (2011-13). He played in the AHL All-Star Classic in 2012 and 2013, and was a Second Team AHL All-Star at left wing in 2012-13.