Yet another, unnecessarily long extended break did not break the Bruins’ stride Saturday night in Philadelphia.
In fact, the break only allowed the Bruins to successful tinker up a defensive shake-up and unleash offensive weapon Derek Forbort for two goals in a 5-2 victory over the Flyers.
Up 1-0 through 20 minutes of play, the 6-foot-4 Forbort used the opening 30 seconds of the middle frame to rifle home his third goal of the season to double the Black and Gold’s edge over the Flyers’ Martin Jones. And while the Flyers would counter with a pair of goals from Derick Brassard (including one less than a minute after the Forbort goal), it was Forbort who re-established Boston’s edge with his second goal of the evening.
Derek Forbort with 4 goals in 14 games — just as we all expected.— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) November 21, 2021
3-2 Bruins. pic.twitter.com/VlOvEVuhhp
The two-goal effort was Forbort’s first two-goal game of his career, and brought him up to four goals in 14 games with the Bruins. In case you’re wondering, Forbort arrived to Boston with eight goals in 331 career games between the Kings, Flames, and Jets. The man is simply a machine and will force his way into the Rocket Richard Trophy discussion.
And Boston wasted no time extending their lead in the third period, with Craig Smith’s first of the season and a four-on-four goal from David Pastrnak (and with some help from a patient Jakub Zboril on the feed) to give the B’s a three-goal edge.
David Pastrnak makes it a 5-2 game.— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) November 21, 2021
Nice feed from Zboril. pic.twitter.com/BYqOFDgXt8
Linus Ullmark got the call in net for the Bruins and finished with 29 saves for his fourth win of the season. Ullmark’s best save of the evening certainly came early, too, as the 6-foot-4 Ullmark denied a shorthanded breakaway bid from Claude Giroux.
The Bruins will return home for a Sunday night meeting with the Calgary Flames.
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