Nashville Predators forward Filip Forsberg is one of the most talented forwards on the team. The 23-year-old forward, who was acquired by the Preds from the Washington Capitals in return of Martin Erat back in 2013, is mostly known for his skills, but he never hesitates to throw his body around and go for the big hits.
He has shown once again today that he is not only good has probably delivered one of the biggest, most devastating legal hit of the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs on Colorado Avalanche defenseman Duncan Siemens. This happened at the beginning of the second period of today's game. Take a look:
Some fans were absolutely livid on social media, and said Forsberg deserves a suspension considering Los Angeles Kings' captain Drew Doughty was suspended for one game after a hit on Vegas Golden Knights' forward William Carrier. However, CBS Sports journalist Pete Blackburn tried to defend Forsberg, saying it wasn't an intentional hit to the head (even though it is the first point of contact):
"[Siemens] put himself in that position trying to poke it. Forsberg never changed his angle."
"He was attempting to play the puck, and he didnt leave his feet until after contact."
The former first-round pick has recorded 26 goals and 38 assists for 58 points in just 67 games this season. He also added two goals in the first playoffs game opposing the Avalanche and the Predators.
Nashville currently has a 3-2 lead over the Avs at the end of the second period.
This is not Forsberg's first controversial hit. The 23-year-old was suspended for three at the beginning of February, after he delivered a dangerous hit on New York Rangers forward Jimmy Vesey. Here's the sequence, in case you don't remember:
In its video explanation of the suspension, NHL Player Safety classified the play as a “high, forceful hit… that makes substantial head contact” delivered well outside “the allowable window to deliver a check”.
Officially Forsberg will be dinged his three games for “interference”, as it was deemed that he took a run at Vesey despite Vesey not having the puck. It is clear that Forsberg runs interference on Vesey, but… a three game suspension for interference? Wasn't it a bit harsh?