Filip Forsberg scored during a three-goal first period and had two assists as the Nashville Predators became the first Western Conference team to clinch a playoff berth with a 4-3 win over the Washington Capitals on Saturday.
The Nashville Predators are headed back to the postseason for the first time since 2012. Filip Forsberg had one goal and two assists as the Central Division-leading Predators clinched a playoff berth with a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals on Saturday. Mattias Ekholm, Mike Fisher and Mike Ribeiro also lit the lamp for Nashville, which has won four in a row. Pekka Rinne made 25 saves. Predators defenseman Shea Weber missed his first game of the season with a lower-body injury. He is listed as day-to-day. Troy Brouwer scored two goals for the Capitals, who hold the first wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. Mike Green also lit the lamp.