The Nashville Predators played the Calgary Flames Tuesday night and boy was it a weird game. Former Capitals prospect Filip Forsberg scored a hat trick on Flames goalie Brian Elliott. Forsberg scored on all three of his second period shots, which gave him his third career hatty. We can hear all of you groaning from here.
But the real news was who Forsberg accomplished this feat in front of: country-music legend Billy Ray Cyrus.
Filip Forsberg is a weapon on the ice. In just two seasons in the NHL, he’s become one of the league’s most prolific goal-scorers, with 33 tallies last year and 26 in his rookie campaign.
Now the newly minted 22-year-old has been compared to Alex Ovechkin, one of the greatest scorers of all-time. It’s just one more stab in back for Caps fans by reporters who refuse to forget Forsberg’s trade for Martin Erat in 2013 by former Caps general manager George McPhee. Oh wait.
“He reminds me of playing with Alex with his quick release,” Nicklas Backstrom, who centers Ovechkin and has played with him his entire NHL career, told Dan Rosen of NHL.com on Friday. “He loves shooting the puck. He loves to go to the net. He loves creating stuff. In that way he reminds me of Ovi.”
The Swedes have narrowed the gap on Team North America. Down two goals late in the first period, the Swedes got a power play opportunity and your favorite blonde NHL center Nicklas Backstrom one-timed a rebound past John Gibson. Former Caps draft pick Filip Forsberg got the assist.
There was once a time Evgeny Kuznetsov and Filip Forsberg fought neck-and-neck to be the top-rated prospect in the Caps organization.
Fast forward a few years later, Kuznetsov is one of the best players on the Washington Capitals and Forsberg is one of the best players on the Nashville Predators. Sunday, the two played against each other during Russia/Sweden game at the World Cup of Hockey.
Kuznetsov punched Forsberg. In the jaw.
Last week, we wrote about Filip Forsberg and how Team Sweden has him lined up next to Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey. We’ve learned today just how Filip feels about that.
Sunday night, Forsberg talked to Katie Brown, NHL.com’s Washington correspondent. Forsberg let her know that when he was drafted by the Caps in 2012 that it became a dream of his to play on a line with fellow Swede Nicklas Backstrom.
Nicklas Backstrom is one of the best playmakers in hockey and Filip Forsberg is one of the sport’s best finishers. So naturally, they are being paired together on a line for Sweden’s World Cup of Hockey team. The news was first reported by the Swedish news outlet Aftonbladet.
Swedish forward, former Capitals draft pick, and gentle human Filip Forsberg got in his first NHL fight on Saturday night. It was to defend the honor of former Capital Mike Ribeiro, who probably doesn’t deserve to have his honor defended.
It’s been almost three years since the Caps traded Filip Forsberg for Michael Latta and some other dipshit that I don’t even want to mention right now. The Capitals are the best team in the league and Evgeny Kuznetsov is one the most promising young players in the game. Yet, dammit. Imagine if they had Forsberg too.
Forsberg didn’t leave much to the imagination as in the second period he scored a video game goal on the Caps PK. Dude skated around the whole Caps team and snapped a shot past Braden Holtby’s glove like he was a beer league goalie.
Photo: Patrick McDermott
Filip Forsberg is a painful topic for Caps fans, like Esa Tikkanen and WMATA. We try to avoid it when we can, but Saturday’s matinee put young Filip front and center. The Calder contender, whom George McPhee traded away for an underperforming and underutilized rental and whom Trotz sent down to the AHL while coach of the Predators last season, recorded three points.
To live is to suffer, and to be a Caps fan is to suffer so much more sharply.
Photos by Chris Gordon.
Saturday, Filip Forsberg will play at Verizon Center for the first time. Caps fans eagerly awaited this moment when he was drafted 11th overall in 2012. But in March of 2013, Forsberg was sent to the Nashville Predators in exchange for Martin Erat and Michael Latta. It was a bad trade from the start, made worse when Adam Oates ran Erat out of town. Ever since, it’s been a sore spot for Caps fans. This season, the wound has been ripped open. Through 75 games, Forsberg has 56 points and is in the running for the Calder Trophy. While Caps fans still miss him, it seems Washington never made much of an impression on Forsberg, who laced up for the Capitals just once, during the team’s 2012 Development Camp.
“From coming here, things turned out in a way that no one really saw coming,” Forsberg said Friday, when he visited Kettler Capitals Iceplex for the first time since the trade. “They’ll always be a part of it, but obviously I never really made anything for the Capitals.”
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