BOSTON — Bruins winger Matt Fraser became an instant hero in Round 2 of the Stanley Cup playoffs when he scored the winning goal in overtime of Game 4 that helped his team even its series with the Montreal Canadiens at two games apiece.
Little did we know that the 23-year-old played the entire Montreal series with a broken right foot.
Fraser revealed Friday during the team’s break-up day at TD Garden that he broke his foot after blocking a shot in the AHL playoffs with the Providence Bruins. He was walking with crutches Friday and might need surgery to correct the injury.
In addition to his overtime winner in Game 4, Fraser picked up an assist on Loui Eriksson’s goal in Game 5. He fit in seamlessly with third-line forwards Carl Soderberg and Eriksson with his physical style of play, speed and willingness to play defense. Bruins head coach Claude Julien even had enough faith in Fraser to give him ice time at the end of Game 5 when the Bruins were trying to hold off a Canadiens comeback.
Fraser’s success in Round 2 certainly will motivate him for next season, when he hopes to not only make the Bruins roster but also contribute consistently.
“It’s nice going into the summer knowing you can play,” Fraser said Friday. “At the same time you don’t want to be a guy that’s just a one-hit wonder. I take my summers really seriously with training, and when I come back I want to push to make this team, and I want to not only make this team but be a contributor.”Filed under: Boston Bruins, Nicholas Goss, Stanley Cup Playoffs, Top Stories