Nashville Predators forward Filip Forsberg has scored some highlight-reel goals in his career, but the baseball-bat one he scored 1:03 into the second period of Tuesday’s 3-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks certainly ranks near the top.
In fact, the official scoring page on NHL.com listed Forsberg’s goal as a “bat shot.”
The play happened in a matter of moments. Forsberg stuck his stick out, redirected an Alex Carrier pass toward Ducks goaltender John Gibson, tipped the rebound to himself and then bunted the puck past Gibson Ichiro Suzuki-style to put the Predators up 1-0.
Filip Forsberg with the self pitch bat in pic.twitter.com/tK7uQwerH8
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Forsberg’s follow-up celebration was nearly as memorable as the goal itself as he dropped down to one skate and hit a fist pump with plenty of oomph behind it.
After scoring just one goal through his first 10 games, Forsberg has exorcised those demons with six goals in his last four outings, including a three-game goal streak in which he has 16 shots on goal and a shooting percentage of 37.5.
It’s the seventh time in Forsberg’s career he’s scored five or more goals in a three-game stretch. He did so in December of 2022, Nov. 30-Dec. 4 of the 2021 season, October of 2018, February of 2015, and he had two such streaks during the 2016 season.
Forsberg now ranks second on the team with seven goals behind only Ryan O’Reilly, who’s scored eight.
His goal on Tuesday is the second time he’s gone viral in the last three years for scoring in an outrageously impressive way. In a 4-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Jan. 14, 2020, Forsberg became the second player in NHL history to score a lacrosse goal, joining Andrei Svechnikov, who’s done it twice.
We have another lacrosse-style goal! 🤯@PredsNHL forward Filip Forsberg pulled it off this time, joining @ASvechnikov_37 (2x) as the second player in NHL history to achieve the feat. #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/IXUq2VNWOP
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) January 15, 2020
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