BOSTON -- It’s amazing to look at Matt Fraser's playoff production, with both Providence and Boston, and realize he did almost all of it while playing on a broken left foot.
“The pain was pretty intense," he admitted. "I don’t really like needles all that much, so I wasn’t getting anything to freeze the area up. But pretty much everybody is playing through some kind of issue at this time of year, so I was no different than anybody else.”
The left winger suffered the injury blocking a shot in the first game of the AHL playoffs with the Providence Bruins. He still managed to score three goals and five points in the P-Bruins' five-game playoff win over Springfield.
Then Fraser was called up to Boston and scored an overtime game-winning goal in Game 4, his first Stanley Cup action. He played at a high level for the remainder of the series, which the Bruins eventually lost to Montreal in
Immediately after Game 7, Fraser’s foot was placed in a protective boot. The rookie was on crutches while speaking with the media on Friday morning as B’s players cleaned out their lockers.
Fraser anticipates being completely healed in time for the start of training camp in September, when he fully intends to compete for an NHL job.
“I don’t want to be a one-hit wonder," he said. "I don’t want to sit around and talk about the one goal that I scored in the playoffs. I love it here in Boston and I love playing for the Bruins. I want to make this team next season, and that’s the goal I’ll be working toward this summer.”
Fraser had two points (1 goal, 1 assist) and a plus-2 rating in his four playoff games and formed a nice offensive unit with Carl Soderberg and Loui Eriksson after replacing Justin Florek. He also showed the kind of toughness and dedication demanded by the Bruins in excelling while playing playoff hockey through the significant pain of a broken foot.