Filip Forsberg has garnered national attention for his natural hat tricks.
The Nashville Predators forward was named the NHL’s First Star of the Week on Monday after recording six goals and one assist in four games, including two natural hat tricks, for the week ending Feb. 28.
Forsberg’s first natural hat trick of the week came last Tuesday during a 3-2 win over the Maple Leafs in Toronto. The 21-year-old Swede then tallied his second natural hat trick in a span of three games on Saturday, as the Preds topped the St. Louis Blues by a 5-0 final. Forsberg’s lone assist for the week also came against the Blues, giving him his first-career, four-point game.
Forsberg became the first player from any club to register multiple natural hat tricks in three or fewer games since 1986-87. It also marks the first time a Preds player has recorded two hat tricks in the same season.
“It’s certainly up there with some of the best hockey that he’s played,” Predators Head Coach Peter Laviolette said of Forsberg after Saturday’s win. “He’s consistent right now. When he plays with pace and he does things fast with the puck, it becomes really difficult to defend. He plays the off-wing so he moves it in and out of the ice surface and just creates things. He gets his shot off and makes a play to somebody else. He’s got a lot of confidence; he’s in a stretch right now where he is playing really good hockey.”
This is the second ‘Star of the Week’ honor for Forsberg in his career; he was named the NHL’s Third Star of the Week last season from Nov. 9 through Nov. 16. Forsberg also earned NHL Rookie of the Month honors in November of 2014.