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Three Thoughts: Forsberg Helps Preds Take Game 1

Koorsen Fire & Security Recap: Forsberg Scores Goal of the Playoffs Already

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The Nashville Predators take Game 1 thanks to two goals from Filip Forsberg in the third period.

Here are three things that stood out in the Predators' 5-2 win over the Avalanche:

Video: COL@NSH, Gm1: Forsberg scores on unbelievable move

We're Not Worthy:

It's almost sad to know we've already seen the goal of the postseason.

After Filip Forsberg gave the Preds their first lead of the Stanley Cup Playoffs - by deflecting in a Roman Josi feed from the point in the third period - he more than out did himself six minutes later.

Speeding through neutral ice and into the offensive zone, Forsberg squared up with Avalanche defender Samuel Girard, pulled the puck back through his own legs, went around the rookie defenseman and beat Jonathan Bernier far side to give Nashville a 4-2 lead.

Go ahead, scroll back up and watch it again.

Momentum From 5-on-3 Kill:

The Predators started to build momentum and push back the Avalanche defense as they killed a brief 5-on-3 power-play for Colorado and minor penalties to Mattias Ekholm and Austin Watson.

Ekholm was whistled for holding with 3:22 left in the first and Watson also went to the box to join the blueliner at 18:19 of the opening frame. The Avalanche power play, which ranked eighth in the NHL during the regular season with a 21.9 conversion percentage, was mainly kept to the outer portions of the offensive zone for the nearly four minutes of man-advantage time.

Ryan Hartman and Ryan Johansen even managed to generate some offensive chances while the Preds were shorthanded - a shift that helped Nashville return to their usual four-line pressure seen during the regular season.

It took the Preds less than three minutes after returning to 5-on-5 play for Austin Watson to fire a shot over the shoulder of Jonathan Bernier to knot the score at 1-1.

Video: COL@NSH, Gm1: Smith pots Johansen's feed for PPG

Near-Perfect Special Teams:

While the Avalanche recorded better power play and penalty kill stats during the regular season, it was the Predators who tallied a man-advantage goal and kept the Colorado power playoff off the scoreboard.

Craig Smith was left all alone in the slot and rifled a shot over the glove of Bernier to bring Nashville even with Colorado for a second time.

The home team finished 1-for-2 on the power play and 3-for-3 on the penalty kill.

Vital Nature of Winning Game 1:

From Elias Sports Bureau: NHL Teams that take a 1-0 lead in a best-of-seven playoff series own an all-time series record of 458-209 (68.6%), including a 321-104 mark (75.5%) when those victories come on home ice.

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