Bruins square their series against the Canadiens, updates on the Canucks and Oilers, and the Maple Leafs extend coach Randy Carlyle’s contract. 

Matt Fraser (right) celebrates his overtime goal over the Canadiens.

Matt Fraser (right) celebrates his overtime goal over the Canadiens.

MONTREAL GAZETTE/BOSTON GLOBE: Call-up Matt Fraser’s goal early in overtime gave the Boston Bruins a 1-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens, squaring their series at two games apiece.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It was a true goaltenders duel between the Canadiens’ Carey Price (34 saves) and Boston’s Tuukka Rask (33 saves). The latter rose to the occasion and answered his critics with a solid performance. It was another blown opportunity for the Canadiens to seize control of the series. 

VANCOUVER SUN/VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa has been named captain of Team Canada at the World Championship, while the Canucks and Washington Capitals have interest in hiring Bruins assistant GM Jim Benning for their respective vacant general manager positions.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers signed prospect Bogdan Yakimov to a three-year entry-level deal.

And now, Maple Leafs fans, the moment you’ve been waiting for….

THE GLOBE AND MAIL/TORONTO SUN/TORONTO STAR/NATIONAL POST/CBC.CA: David Shoalts, James Mirtle, Steve Simmons, Rosie DiManno, Bruce Arthur, Michael Traikos and Elliotte Friedman all weighed in on yesterday’s announcement the Toronto Maple Leafs extended the contract of head coach Randy Carlyle for two more years whilst firing his assistant coaches.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ll have my take in an upcoming Soapbox this weekend. Opinion is split among the Toronto punditry, though most questioned this move. Feel free to offer up your opinion, folks. It’s not just limited to Leafs fans. Was it a good or bad idea for the Leafs to retain Carlyle? And let’s keep the debate reasonable, free of silly name-calling and childish arguments.