A handful of Nashville Predators players have been asked over the past 24 hours about a certain teammate's almost unheard of string of consecutive hat tricks, and it was the captain who summed it up best.
"[When] he's hot, he's hot," Mike Fisher said.
That's certainly one way to describe what Filip Forsberg has done in his last two outings - three goals in both - leading to a slew of bare-headed Nashvillians who have sacrificed their caps in awe of the 22-year-old Swede.
"Yeah, that's probably a good idea right now," Ryan Johansen, the center on Forsberg's line, quipped when asked if he's trying to pass the puck to the winger as much as possible. "From my time in the League, I can't remember somebody having back-to-back hat tricks."
Johansen's memory is spot on.
It hasn't happened in more than seven years - Alexandre Burrows did it with Vancouver in January of 2010 - and it's the first time a Nashville Predator has ever accomplished the feat. The hat trick was the fourth of Forsberg's career, which ties Steve Sullivan for the most by a single player in franchise history.
Forsberg has 20 goals and six assists in his last 33 games, with his shooting percentage sitting at an impressive 19.4 percent over those 33 outings. He became the first Preds player to hit the 20-goal mark this season and now leads the team with 22 goals, six of which have come in the last two games.
He's been clutch too - Forsberg has seven game-winning goals in the calendar year of 2017. The next closest player has four
"We're just hoping he continues on and stays hot for us, because he's been a difference-maker for us," Fisher said. "On the bench, it's sometimes comical just to see him do his thing."
"It's pretty darn impressive," Johansen said. "As his centerman, I'll be trying to get him the puck."