Filip Forsberg got the hat trick, and the only goals for the Nashville Predators, in Saturday’s 5-3 loss to the Edmonton Oilers.
Assisted by fellow alternate captain Ryan Johansen, the winger began his hat trick with a one-timer from one knee while on the power play with 1:14 left in the second period. Forsberg’s first goal put Nashville on the board, cutting the deficit in half to 2-1.
His second goal came 4:43 into the third period as Johansen hit Forsberg cutting through the slot wide open. Once again, Forsberg’s goal cut the deficit in half to 4-2 as the Predators tried to stay within striking distance.
The Forsberg-Johansen duo teamed once more on the afternoon as he connected on his second power-play goal – this time a wicked shot from the point – with 4:06 left in the game. With the score, Nashville came within one goal, but Drake Caggiula’s second goal of the night gave Edmonton a two-goal lead with less than two minutes remaining.
Saturday’s performance was Forsberg’s sixth career NHL hat trick.
The 24-year-old now has 14 points on the season with 10 goals and four assists.
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