PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Derek Forbort scored twice to lead the Boston Bruins to their third straight victory, 5-2 over the Philadelphia Flyers, on Saturday night.
Tomas Nosek, Craig Smith and David Pastrnak also scored for the Bruins, who hadn’t played since Sunday’s 5-2 win over Montreal.
Derick Brassard scored both goals for the Flyers. Philadelphia has lost back-to-back games for the first time this season, having taken the previous six wins following a loss.
Linus Ullmark made 29 saves for the Bruins, who tied their season high with 44 shots.
The teams traded goals, hard knocks and punches in a very entertaining second period.
Forbort scored his first of the game 30 seconds into the period when his long-range slap shot deflected Flyers defenseman Justin Braun’s stick and over goaltender Martin Jones’ right shoulder to bring the score to 2 -0.
âThe first one was pretty lucky,â Forbort said.
Brassard scored 52 seconds later from forward after being placed behind the net by Cam Atkinson to take the Flyers to 2-1.
Then things started to get a little hectic.
âLooks like there’s always some excitement against Philadelphia,â said Boston coach Bruce Cassidy. âI think it goes back to the 70s. Two teams that like to play that way. Obviously the game has changed, but you still have a bit of that element.
Philadelphia’s Rasmus Ristolainen landed a big blow at Taylor Hall near the penalty area in the middle of the ice, and Boston responded aggressively. Marchand was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct shortly after in a scrimmage behind the net with Ristolainen, and Philadelphia took advantage.
Brassard completed a tic-tac-toe passing streak with Ivan Provorov and Claude Giroux and tied at 2 with a power play goal with 10:35 left in the period.
The intensity continued, culminating with Boston’s Charlie McAvoy winning a lopsided bout with Joel Farabee in which the Boston defenseman landed several hard right hands.
âI was just a little bit heated,â McAvoy said. âAt the peak, it’s something that happened. Hope this lifted our team.
Cassidy said, âI’m sure it got us going. I know it is.
Forbort finished the scoring in the period to give him the first two-goal game of his career, landing a wrist shot from the lunge behind Jones’ glove with 3:33 left to give him a 3-2 lead at the Bruins.
It was the fourth of the season and only the 12th in 345 career games for Forbort, who deflected all praise.
âIt was just a good overall game from the guys,â he said.
Smith scored his first goal of the season at 1:28 in the third to give Boston a two-goal cushion, and Pastrnak made it 5-2 with 7:13 to go.
âThey have world-class players,â said Brassard. âThey’ve been doing it for so many years.
Nosek ultimately converted for the Bruins in a dominant first period, scoring on their 20th shot to give them a 1-0 lead with 1:35 left in the first period. Anton Blidh passed from behind the net to Nosek, who placed the puck and shot Jones high with a backhand.
Jones had been stellar at this point, particularly in back-to-back power plays in Boston in the middle of the period that included 12 seconds of 5-on-3 time. The Flyers backup goaltender made seven saves on the penalty kill.
Philadelphia’s sagging power play had been 3 for 38 in 12 games before Brassard’s second goal.
Brad Marchand collected an assist on Forbort’s opening goal, bringing his team leader tally to 20 and giving him points in eight straight games.
Bruins: Smith returned to the lineup after missing two games with an undisclosed injury.
Flyers: C Kevin Hayes (lower body) missed his second straight game after coming back from a 12-game absence and scoring in the 2-1 overtime win over Calgary on Tuesday. Hayes appeared to get injured at the end of the second period of this game, but came back for the third. Flyers coach Alain Vigneault did not receive an update after the game. â¦ F Patrick Brown (dislocated thumb) missed his second game in a row. He is considering surgery or rehabilitation.
Bruins: Host the Calgary Flames on Sunday.
Flyers: At the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday.
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