Nashville Predators center Filip Forsberg dominated Colorado Avalanche forward JT Compher in the NHL’s Player Gaming Challenge on Saturday, winning all three games between the two.
Forsberg won the first game 5-2, the second 5-3 and the third 6-4 to complete the clean sweep.
The online event will run for four weeks, with games to be streamed on Thursdays and Saturdays. All 31 NHL teams will have representation, and Seattle Seahawks tight end Luke Willson will represent the pending NHL Seattle expansion team.
No standings will be compiled, as the games are designed strictly for entertainment with the NHL season shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In connection with the event, the National Hockey League Foundation and Electronic Arts will donate $100,000 to the CDC Foundation’s COVID-19 relief efforts.
While he won all three games Saturday by at least two goals, Forsberg needed some late tallies, as both the first and third games were tied in the third period.
The first game was 2-2 until Forsberg scored with the virtual Colton Sissons with 6:10 to play. He then added a power-play by Ryan Johansen with 2:10 left to seal it.
In the third game, Forsberg broke a 4-4 tie with 12:07 to play on a shot by Rocco Grimaldi.
“I know we’re usually a little more unfriendly on the ice, but it was great,” Forsberg said to the division-rival Compher afterward.
“Definitely gonna go work on my game now,” Compher said. “Not really happy with the results. I’ll give you a call in a month after I’ve been practicing non-stop.”
—Field Level Media