Filip Forsberg is good. You already knew that. A blend of playmaking and finish, Forsberg is one of hockey’s most unique talents. He makes up one-third of one of the NHL’s best forward lines alongside Ryan Johansen and Viktor Arvidsson.
The winger has taken his game to another level this postseason. With the playoffs nearly half-over – the tournament will officially reach its halfway mark when Forsberg’s Predators play the decisive seventh game of their Second Round series with the Jets on Thursday, the 23-year-old paces the Western Conference with 15 points (7-8) in 12 games, tied with Alex Ovechkin for 6th overall in the playoffs.
With Nashville trailing 3-2 to Winnipeg last night and needing a win to keep the series alive, Forsberg took the game over, doing what he’s done for essentially the entire postseason – making things happen, and scoring highlight-reel goals – and finishing with two goals and an assist as the Preds forced Game 7 in what has been an epic series with their Central Division rivals.
Here’s the first goal – simple chip off the glass by Craig Smith, and Forsberg does the rest. Grabs a new stick from the bench, picks the pocket of Jets defenseman Ben Chiarot, and takes it right in. Bingo, bango. Tick, tock. Goal.
The second? All alone, picking dandelions on the doorstep waiting for Arvidsson to pass him the puck so he can bury one with a filthy, between-the-legs finish on Connor Hellebuyck.
Forsberg has been the Human Highlight reel this postseason. His 7 goals and 15 points haven’t been done quietly.
He opened the playoffs with a two-goal performance, the second of which was a complete undressing of Avalanche defenseman and former Predators teammate Samuel Girard, which followed a nice deflection of a Roman Josi shot that proved to be the game-winner that night.
And if that wasn’t enough, here’s his goal in Game 4 of the First Round series with Colorado. Duncan Siemens had no chance.
Here’s Forsberg’s other goal in this series, which came in Game 3, a 7-4 Jets win, an absolute track meet in which Nashville relinquished a 3-0 first period lead. Forsberg’s goal – a simple flick of the wrist – tied the game 4-4.
Forsberg has been a force in this series and is probably why the Jets are preparing for a Game 7 and not the Vegas Golden Knights.
Some highlights – nine points overall. Three multi-point performances. Three assists in 24:10 of ice-time in the Predators double-overtime win in Game 2. I’ve seen worse game logs.