There is no doubt Matt Fraser can score goals.
The undrafted Boston Bruins left wing scored plenty as a junior and he continued that trend at the AHL level.
His offensive touch was the reason why Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli promoted him on Wednesday. But did anybody think the 23-year-old from Red Deer, Alta., would have such a big impact in his first Stanley Cup playoff game?
"It's something you dream of, getting called up and scoring a goal, not just in OT, but the [game-winning] goal," Bruins veteran Jarome Iginla said. "It's pretty cool."
This high-tempo, hard-hitting affair saw excellent goaltending from Boston's Tuukka Rask and his Montreal counterpart Carey Price, but ended 79 seconds into the extra period when Fraser located a loose puck and backhanded in the game winner.
The play started when a shot from Bruins defenceman Johnny Boychuk bounded high off the end glass and out in front of Price. Boston's Carl Soderberg had the initial chance, but was turned aside by Price.
The Montreal goalkeeper, however, had difficulty finding the loose puck. He glanced left, but the puck was to the right of him underneath Canadiens defenceman Mike Weaver. That's when Fraser pounced and scored.
"I liked his game, not because he scored but because he was strong on the puck and he didn't give the puck away," Boston head coach Claude Julien said.
"He seems to have a knack to score goals and as you've seen in this series we've needed that."
The Bruins have scored 11 goals in the four games of this series.
Fraser part of Seguin deal
Fraser was part of the deal 10 months ago when the Bruins sent Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverley and Ryan Button to the Dallas Stars in exchange for Loui Eriksson, Reilly Smith, Joe Morrow and Fraser.
The Stars signed Fraser to an entry-level contract as a free agent in November 2010. It was hard not to notice the undrafted Fraser that fall, when he got off to a quick start with the Kootenay Ice playing alongside Cody Eakin, then a Washington Capitals draft pick who would play for Canada at the 2011 world junior tournament.
Eakin wound up being traded to Dallas, but that happened with Fraser already in the fold.
Meanwhile, In the 2011 WHL playoffs, Fraser scored a league-leading 17 goals in Kootenay's 19-game run to the Ed Chynoweth Cup. He then scored four times in five games at the Memorial Cup tournament in Mississauga, Ont.
In 195 career AHL regular season and playoff games, Fraser has checked in for an impressive 95 goals, including three goals in five playoff games with the Providence Bruins this spring.
Providence is about to begin its second-round series against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. But Fraser, who also scored an overtime winner for Providence in the opening round to become the first to score OT goals in the same AHL and NHL postseason, had to abandon his minor-league teammates when he was promoted on Wednesday.
"As you can tell from my voice I'm pretty excited," he said. "I hardly slept today and I'll hardly be able to sleep after this.
"Yesterday I was at home eating Chipotle. Today I scored the game winning goal in OT."
Fraser said he calls his parents Sharon and Maurey after most games.
"I hope my Dad was impressed with this one," Fraser joked.
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