NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Filip Forsberg has scored so well coming off back-to-back hat tricks, the Nashville forward had the Washington Capitals watching closely every time the Swede touched the puck.
Forsberg scored the winning goal and had two assists as the Predators scored three in the second period in beating the Capitals 5-2 on Saturday.
The Swede missed becoming the first in NHL history with a hat trick in three consecutive games. He still notched his seventh goal in three games as Nashville won its second straight and third in four games. Forsberg’s first assist came on the first of Roman Josi’s two goals.
Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said he was waiting for Forsberg to shoot, too.
“I think everybody in the building was waiting for him to unload it, and he just made an unbelievable play,” Laviolette said. “It was good timing by Roman to hit the backdoor pocket like that. I think because it was Filip and because of the noise around him, he just looked at the net, and the goalie had to freeze on it too.”
Mike Fisher and Viktor Arvidsson each had a goal. Ryan Johansen had three assists.
The Predators denied their former coach, Barry Trotz, his 700th career win in the building where he started his career as an NHL coach back in 1998.
Tom Wilson and Evgeny Kuznetsov scored for the Capitals. They beat Edmonton 2-1 in Washington on Friday night and were without T.J. Oshie and defensemen Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen.
“I think it was a little bit of a tough turnaround,” Trotz said. “At the same time, it’s not really any excuse.”
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