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10th: Peter Forsberg acquired; scores OT winner vs. Detroit

Saturday, 02.23.2008 / 11:48 AM CT / 10th Anniversary
By Kevin Wilson  - Nashville Predators
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10th: Peter Forsberg acquired; scores OT winner vs. Detroit
February 15 & 24, 2007

Predators General Manager David Poile executed the biggest trade in franchise history when he acquired one of the most dominating players of his era from Philadelphia – former Hart and Art Ross Trophy winner Peter Forsberg.

"Peter Forsberg is one of the NHL's most complete players and the ultimate competitor - a consistent winner who has year in and year out been a difference-maker in the Stanley Cup Playoffs," Poile said. "He strengthens our club up the middle and will provide another battle-tested, veteran voice to our dressing room. Adding a player of this caliber also sends a strong message to our fans that the Nashville Predators are prepared to compete at the highest level."

The trade sent shockwaves through the hockey community, and sent a message that the Predators were poised to compete for the Stanley Cup. The Ornskoldsvik, Sweden native tallied 15 points (2g-13a) in 17 regular season contests and pitched in four more points in the postseason.

Possibly his biggest point in a Preds jersey came in a late-February clash with the rival Detroit Red Wings – it was his first goal, and came at the most-clutch of times.

Paul Kariya tallied the game-tying goal with just 1:04 remaining in regulation, sending the fourth of eight meeting between the two teams to overtime. Just 2:11 into the extra session, Kariya found his newest linemate driving to the net, and “Foppa” redirected the game winner past Chris Osgood for a 4-3 Nashville win.

"It was an unbelievable pass by Paul," Forsberg said after the game. "I thought we battled. It was great to score my first goal and get my first points. The team played great and there was a great atmosphere in the building."

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 58 36 18 4 160 134 76
2 DAL 55 35 15 5 178 147 75
3 STL 56 30 17 9 133 130 69
4 LAK 53 32 18 3 146 124 67
5 SJS 53 28 20 5 154 143 61
6 ANA 53 26 19 8 120 125 60
7 COL 57 28 25 4 153 158 60
8 NSH 54 25 21 8 139 144 58
9 MIN 54 23 21 10 133 134 56
10 VAN 54 22 20 12 125 144 56
11 ARI 53 24 23 6 139 163 54
12 CGY 53 25 25 3 143 156 53
13 WPG 54 24 27 3 139 157 51
14 EDM 56 22 29 5 138 168 49

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Josi 54 11 27 -3 38
F. Forsberg 54 17 18 -7 35
S. Weber 54 14 21 -5 35
M. Ribeiro 54 6 27 2 33
J. Neal 54 19 13 18 32
M. Ekholm 54 6 18 3 24
R. Ellis 53 6 16 2 22
C. Smith 54 11 7 -2 18
C. Jarnkrok 53 9 8 0 17
C. Wilson 37 4 12 -1 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 20 18 7 .903 2.54
C. Hutton 5 2 1 .916 2.36