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Forsberg Pulls Off Lacrosse-Style Goal, Wows Teammates

Nashville Forward Shows Off Skill with Amazing Goal

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Just as Pekka Rinne had dreamed of scoring a goal, Filip Forsberg had aspirations to do so lacrosse style.

We've now gotten both in less than a week.

Forsberg's silky-smooth tally was one of just two Nashville goals on Tuesday night in Edmonton, and although the lack of a Nashville win puts a damper on things just a bit, the ridiculously skilled marker still deserves some extra attention.

"It's probably one of the prettiest goals I've seen live - other than probably [Rinne's empty-net goal] a couple of games ago," Preds forward Colin Blackwell joked. "[Forsberg] even had a couple times where he went through the legs and had a couple chances [against the Oilers], but to see that, obviously he's getting this confidence going and that's huge for our team. That was probably one of the sickest goals I've ever seen."

"It was unbelievable," Rinne said. "One of the nicest goals I've seen live. Just an unbelievably skilled individual, and he pulls that out in the game. It's so impressive."

This certainly isn't the first time Forsberg has attempted the feat. He's done so many times in practice with his teammates - along with other tricks that most wouldn't even bother trying - and the Swede has also tried to go lacrosse-style in a handful of games over the past couple of seasons to no avail.

But on Tuesday, it finally worked.

Video: NSH@EDM: Forsberg scores lacrosse-style goal

"It started when they had a winger on the wall, which teams usually don't do," Forsberg explained as the play began off a faceoff in the Edmonton zone. "As soon as the draw [occurred], he kind of took off out to his point, so it left a lot of room. I just tried to try to get it up and off quick, and it worked."

It sounds so simple, right?

"I've tried it out and had a couple close tries over the last couple seasons," Forsberg said. "I don't know where [the inspiration to try it] came from to start. I'm guessing me and my brother playing street hockey [growing up], and I'm sure he tried it, and I wanted to try it too."

Forsberg is one of just a few players in the League who have the skill to even give it a go, and the play brought about a collective "wow" from the Edmonton crowd at Rogers Place. It also signifies the way the game of hockey is evolving.

A decade or two back, if Forsberg or any other player would have attempted a play like that in a game, he might've been met with a cross check or punch to the face if a member of the opposition thought he was trying to "show up" his team. Instead, a move like this, while still potentially controversial, is now viewed as a tremendous display of skill, embraced by those who believe NHLers should do whatever it takes to put the puck in the net.

"I mean, it's a fine line, but it's changed a lot," Forsberg said. "I think a lot of players are trying to try and be creative. [Oilers Captain Connor] McDavid might be the one leading the charge the way he plays the game. I think it's great, but at the same time, it's not like you're just doing it for the show, you're trying to score a goal."

But the show sure is fun to watch.

"You don't see those come around too often," Preds Head Coach John Hynes said. "Fil's a pretty skilled player, so it's pretty impressive."

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