May 8 (UPI) — Filip Forsberg scored twice in Game 6, helping the Nashville Predators extend their Western Conference semifinals series against the Winnipeg Jets.
Forsberg’s second score was absolutely filth in the 4-0 win Monday at Bells MTS Place in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
The Predators led 2-0 entering the third period of Game 6. Forsberg lurked in front of the Jets’ net until getting the puck from Viktor Arvidsson, who collected possession by skating behind the pipes.
The Predators’ stick maestro stopped the puck with his stick on his left. He then slipped the puck between his own legs, before shooting it with the stick behind his right foot. His shot beat Connor Hellebuyck for a three-goal advantage.
“It just takes a lot of practice,” Forsberg told reporters. “… Maybe do it in practice and stuff like that and once in a while you get time and space for it in a game and you try to pull it off.”
Arvidsson started the scoring 1:02 into the first frame. Forsberg added to the road team tally 8:16 into the second frame, before getting his second score in the third period. Arvidsson scored his second goal of the game with 4:02 remaining.
“We were built for this,” Predators defenseman P.K. Subban said. “We were built to come on the road and win big games. That’s a championship effort today. From our team, I can’t say enough good things about this group. This is the best group of guys that I’ve ever played with.”
“They are good people. I think that’s the difference is that when you are in this type of situation, good people understand what’s at stake and will do whatever it takes. You look down our lineup today from our goaltender up everybody sacrificed their bodies and did exactly what they had to do to get a win and now we’re going back in front of our fans. We get a couple days of rest here and it’s a character win.”
The puck drops for Game 7 at 8 p.n. Thursday at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.