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Filip Forsberg comes through again for Predators against Ducks in Game 3

Forward scores tying goal, helps Nashville take lead in Western Conference Final

by Robby Stanley / NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- There haven't been many times during the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs when things have looked bleak for the Nashville Predators at home, but forward Filip Forsberg has been there to help save the day when they have.

Forsberg scored the tying goal for the Predators in their 2-1 win against the Anaheim Ducks in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday.

"He is Mr. Clutch right now, and he has been," Predators forward Harry Zolnierczyk said of Forsberg, who sparked a comeback with two goals in the third period of Game 3 against the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round. "He steps up throughout the season, and especially when it's most important in the playoffs when the team is just itching for a goal, he finds a way to come through with one."

 

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Nashville battled back to win Tuesday, with defenseman Roman Josi scoring the game-winning goal with 2:43 left in the third period on a power play.

It gave the Predators a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series. Nashville is 6-0 at home in the playoffs and has won 10 consecutive playoff games at home dating to last year's first round against the Ducks.

Game 4 is here Thursday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

Forsberg has been the player who the Predators have counted on to score a big goal for the past three seasons.

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"Obviously when you're out there, you want to help the team," Forsberg said. "It doesn't matter if we're up or down, you always want to help the team. It came at a good moment, but as we touched on, if I didn't get that goal, I'm sure someone else would've. But obviously I'm happy I did."

It's no secret the Predators' top line of Forsberg, Ryan Johansen and Viktor Arvidsson is relied on to produce offensively. Forsberg has done his part so far; he leads the Predators with six goals in the playoffs.

"He's been unbelievable," Predators captain Mike Fisher said. "That whole line has found a way with timely goals, and they seem to just turn it up at the right time."

Josi's game-winner was his fifth goal of the playoffs, three have come in the third period. The Predators have outscored the opposition 16-9 in the third period and have yet to lose back-to-back games this postseason (the Ducks won Game 2 5-3 on Sunday).

"We did a good job," Josi said. "And this team has done a really good job so far in the playoffs of rebounding after losses, and it's huge. You can't go too high or too low after a loss or a win. You've got to win four games, so you've just got to stay with it and keep doing the things that make you successful."

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