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Filip Forsberg scores hat trick again, Predators win

Forward has three goals in back-to-back games, helps defeat Avalanche

by Robby Stanley / NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- Filip Forsberg scored his second straight hat trick for the Nashville Predators in a 4-2 win against the Colorado Avalanche at Bridgestone Arena on Thursday.

Forsberg had a hat trick in a 6-5 overtime loss to the Calgary Flames on Tuesday. He is the first NHL player to score a hat trick in consecutive games since Vancouver Canucks forward Alexandre Burrows on Jan. 5 and 7, 2010.

"I just try to attack the game," said Forsberg, who has four NHL hat tricks. "I think our line did a good job of that today. Just try to play fast and go forward and obviously try to find each other. I think we got a couple of goals and a couple of good looks earlier than that as well."

The Predators (29-22-9) tied the St. Louis Blues for third place in the Central Division with 67 points.

 

WATCH: All Avalanche vs. Predators highlights

 

The Avalanche (16-40-3) have lost eight of their past nine games (1-7-1).

Forsberg tied the game 2-2 at 5:26 of the second period. He tracked down a loose puck and beat Jeremy Smith above the shoulder for his 20th goal.

"It's tough to explain," Forsberg said. "Sometimes it feels great but you don't score, and sometimes you feel bad but you still score. Tonight was a lot of fun."

Video: COL@NSH: Forsberg nets second consecutive hat trick

Forsberg gave the Predators a 3-2 lead at 10:59. The shot went off of Smith's glove and in the net for Forsberg's second goal of the game and 21st of the season.

Forsberg scored an empty-net goal with 36.5 seconds remaining in the third period.

"I think I always felt a responsibility, and I think that goes for every player in this locker room," Forsberg said. "Everyone wants to contribute and help the team win. Obviously I can't expect myself to score a hat trick every game, but I just try to work hard and if I can score goals, I'll take that as well."

Viktor Arvidsson gave the Predators a 1-0 lead at 11:31 of the first period on a one-timer from the slot. Forward Craig Smith made the pass and Arvidsson beat Smith for his 19th goal.

Video: COL@NSH: Arvidsson buries Smith's nice feed

Jarome Iginla made it 1-1 at 17:52 of the first on a redirection from in front of the net. John Mitchell took the initial shot that Iginla redirected past Pekka Rinne for his eighth goal.

"It looked to me like in the second period we were looking off options to move the puck up the ice," Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. "Our play in our own end became softer with the puck, especially when we had those turnovers and they just kept coming back onto us."

Patrick Wiercioch gave the Avalanche a 2-1 lead at 2:34 of the second period on a backhand shot. The puck hit the ice in front of Rinne and bounced above his glove for Wiercioch's fourth goal.

Video: COL@NSH: Iginla nets deflection off his skate

 
Goal of the game

Forsberg's first goal came from a sharp angle from below the right faceoff circle. He elevated the puck from in tight and got it above Smith's glove.

Video: COL@NSH: Forsberg roofs a loose puck

 
Save of the game

Rinne made a save on Nathan MacKinnon on a turnaround shot in the first period from the slot. MacKinnon got to a loose puck and got a quick shot off that Rinne was able to corral.

 

Unsung performance of the game

Predators forward Austin Watson blocked two shots on a shift in the third period to preserve the 3-2 lead.

 
Highlight of the game

Forsberg's second goal of the game came off of a faceoff win by Ryan Johansen. He got the puck between his legs on his off wing and snapped the puck through traffic.

Video: COL@NSH: Forsberg tallies off the faceoff

 
They said it

"They're a dangerous team offensively. Their [defense] get up and get involved. They can move the puck real well. Their transition game is really strong, and that's what hurt us in [the second period]. We turned the puck over, we didn't use the best option and we make hard plays." -- Avalanche coach Jared Bednar on the costly turnovers in the second period

 

"That's probably why he's got a nice steak beside him right now. That's winning hockey. You need a lot of guys to be sacrificing like that. Sometimes those plays get thrown under the rug kind of and you forget about them. I'm happy you brought it up because just unbelievable effort and sacrifice by him." -- Predators forward Ryan Johansen on Austin Watson's blocked shots

 
Need to know

The Avalanche are 1-11-1 in their past 13 road games. ... Forsberg is tied with Steve Sullivan for the most hat tricks in Predators history. Forsberg had the first two of his NHL career in a three-game span Feb. 23-27, 2016.

 
What's next

Avalanche: Host the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday (10 p.m. ET; MSG-B, ALT, NHL.TV)

Predators: Host the Washington Capitals on Saturday (5 p.m. ET; SN, CSN-DC, FS-TN, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Forsberg's hat trick powers Preds to 4-2 win

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