Forsberg gives Predators roller-coaster win vs. Flyers
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A banner night ended with the most dramatic two points possible for the Nashville Predators.
Filip Forsberg scored on the power play at 19:24 of the third period, capping a rally from a two-goal, third-period deficit as Nashville stunned the Philadelphia Flyers 6-5 Tuesday at Bridgestone Arena.
Scott Hartnell tied it on a six-on-three power play at 18:43 after Philadelphia (2-2-0) took two minors on the same sequence and the Predators pulled their goalie.
After the goal, Flyers coach Dave Hakstol challenged for offside and lost, giving the Predators (1-2-0) another power play for delay-of-game under a new rule.
Forsberg squeezed his second goal of the night and third of the year past Brian Elliott from the left circle to prevent Nashville from losing a game in which it blew a 3-0 lead.
Pekka Rinne made 25 saves for the Predators, while Elliott also stopped 25 shots.
After raising their first Western Conference championship banner to the rafters in a pregame ceremony, Nashville took its first lead of the season on Craig Smith's power-play tally at 4:17 of the first period.
Nashville seemed to take control with two goals in a 2:03 span early in the second period. Hartnell tallied on a long rebound of Pontus Aberg's shot at 3:08, and free agent acquisition Nick Bonino potted his first goal on a rebound of Mattias Ekholm's shot for a 3-0 advantage.
But Philadelphia wiped out the lead in less than five minutes. Defenseman Andrew MacDonald started the comeback with a booming slapper at 10:19 for his first goal.
Rookie center Nolan Patrick recorded his first NHL marker 16 seconds later with a wrister from the right post, set up by Dale Weise. Valtteri Filppula tied it up at 15:05 just 27 seconds into a power play off the rebound of Jakub Voracek's shot.
Travis Konecny gave Philadelphia the lead on a breakaway marker at 5:03 of the third period. Filppula added his second power-play goal at 6:48 off Claude Giroux's pass from behind the net.
Forsberg drew the Predators within a goal on a wrister from the right post at 7:38, and their rally made them 4-0 in home openers under coach Peter Laviolette.
NOTES: Philadelphia RW Wayne Simmonds was named the NHL's third star of the week on Monday. Simmonds scored four goals in three games, notching a hat trick at San Jose and a game-winner in overtime at Anaheim. ... Nashville RW Kevin Fiala (upper-body injury) returned to action after missing the Predators' 4-0 loss in Pittsburgh on Saturday. ... The Flyers scratched D Samuel Morin, C Jori Lehtera and D Brandon Manning. ... Predators D Roman Josi and C Colton Sissons were scratched due to lower-body injuries, with rookie Samuel Girard drawing into the lineup for his NHL debut in Josi's stead. D Anthony Bitetto was also scratched.