John-Michael Liles is expected to take Fraser’s place in the lineup in Game 5.
Toronto is 2-12-1 in its last 15 games in Boston. The Bruins are 15-2 in series after taking a 3-1 lead, but they are only 9-8 in Game 5 with a chance to finish things off.
“This series isn’t over, for sure,” Toronto forward Joffrey Lupul said.
Toronto managed a split in Boston, winning Game 2, but then lost both games at home. On Wednesday night, the Leafs took a 2-0 lead in the first period and then needed less than a minute to tie it after the Bruins went up 3-2.
They outshot Boston 48-45, including a 25-16 edge in the third period and overtime. Matt Frattin hit the goalpost in overtime.
“We’ve done a lot of good things,” Carlyle said at the team’s training facility before flying to Boston. “You can’t change what happened last night. Now it’s time to regroup and that’s what we’re here to do. Gather this group together — reset, refocus, re-energize. Do all those things we normally do. We’ve got to go in and win a game in Boston.”
The Bruins won it when Phaneuf pinched up to try to stop Boston forward Nathan Horton and let the puck get by, setting up a two-on-one that Krejci used to beat James Reimer. Horton fell to the ice, apparently injured, but coach Claude Julien said he was OK.
Phaneuf took responsibility for “a split-second decision.”
“Playoffs are about momentum and obviously that was a momentum swing,” he said. “But we’ve got a big game there on Friday. ... There’s no time to sit here and feel sorry about what happened.”
Only a handful of Toronto players practiced on Thursday at the team’s training center, none of them regulars.