Heading into Tuesday night’s game against the Minnesota Wild, the Nashville Predators had been having trouble scoring goals. They had also been having trouble getting anything going on the power play. Filip Forsberg did his part in changing that on Tuesday night en route to a 3-2 Predators win over the Wild.
Forsberg made his season debut for the Predators against the Wild on Tuesday night after missing the first two games of the season with a lower-body injury. He made an instant impact for the Predators, scoring his first career NHL goal on a 5-on-3 power play in the first period.
Seth Jones fired a shot from the point that deflected off of Patric Hornqvist in front of the net. The puck bounced to Forsberg who was able to put it into what was essentially a wide open net to tie the game at one for the Predators.
“It was a pretty lucky bounce for me. I was just waiting there for the puck. It came right out of Patric’s shin pads and right onto my stick. It was a pretty easy one, but it was good. It was a good one to have,” Forsberg said.
Forsberg was put on a line with veterans David Legwand and Eric Nystrom. That line seemed to develop some quick chemistry, which will be important for the Predators moving forward.
“It was good,” Forsberg said. “I played with [Legwand] a little bit with last season. I’ve been playing with him during the preseason this year too, and [Nystrom] is a new guy for me. I really like how he’s playing. He’s a tough guy getting the pucks out of the zone and into the zone. He’s a pleasure to play with.”
Luckily for Forsberg, he was able to actually see his first NHL goal go into the net. Lots of times, players don’t see it due to traffic in front of the net or getting hit on the play, but Forsberg had a clear vantage point and had a very enthusiastic celebration after the goal was scored.
“I could see it pretty clear,” Forsberg said. “I got a pretty good look on it. I had almost half of the net wide open, so it was a pretty clear goal.”
Forsberg’s first NHL point came at home last season against the Calgary Flames in the home finale for the Predators in 2012-13. His first NHL goal also came at home in his first game this season, which is something that is special to him and the family he had in attendance.
“It was awesome to score the first one here and also with my parents at the game,” Forsberg said.
Forsberg is going to be an important part of the offense moving forward. He’s only 19 years old but already possesses some of the best hands on the team. The talent is evident, but Forsberg will face the same battle with consistency that every young player faces. If he’s able to respond to that challenge at such a young age, he could be a big X-factor for the Predators this season.