Filip Forsberg has become the first Nashville Predator to record multiple hat tricks in a single season in the franchise’s eighteen year history.
The 21-year-old registered three goals and four points to help the Predators beat Divisional rivals St. Louis on Friday night, with goaltender Pekka Rinne posting a 28-save shut out to help secure the 5-0 win.
It was Forsberg’s second hat trick in the past three games, having scored all three of the Predators goals in a 3-2 win over Toronto on Tuesday. The Swede has also registered a further three multi-goal games this season.
The former Leksand winger was drafted by the Washington Capitals in the 1st round of the 2012 draft (11th overall), but was traded to Nashville in exchange for Martin Erat and Michael Latta prior to the 2013 NHL trade deadline.
An early front runner for the Calder Trophy last season, Forsberg faded during the second half of the campaign but still posted an impressive 26 goals and 63 points. He currently leads the Predators in goals (26) and points (46) as the club looks to secure a playoff berth.
With 19 games still remaining on the Predators schedule this season, Forsberg may challenge the club’s single season goals record, which currently stands at 33 and was set by Jason Arnott during the 2008-09 campaign.
David Legwand, the organisation’s first ever draft pick, currently holds the franchise record for goals, tallying 210 goals in 956 games for the Predators between 1998 and 2014.