Forsberg recorded his sixth career hat trick one day after teammate Milan Hejduk notched his first one as the Avalanche extended their unbeaten streak to nine games with a 4-2 victory over the Calgary Flames.
Forsberg, who needed just three shots to record the hat trick, scored his first goal 7:51 into the game, beating Calgary goaltender Roman Turek with a snap shot to the top right corner of the net.
“We couldn’t matchup against him,” Calgary coach Darryl Sutter said. “There’s not much you can do. You hope your best players can kind of keep up with him. That’s why (Colorado) is on a roll.”
Alex Tanguay, who assisted on that goal, set up Forsberg’s second goal in the middle of the second period with a pass to the front of the crease. Skating across the crease, Forsberg angled his stick to flip it almost straight up in the air. Turek got caught in between playing Tanguay and Forsberg and could not play the puck as it looped into the net.
“Some nights they go in,” Forsberg said. “I was a little fortunate on the second one.”
Turek had no chance to stop Forsberg’s third goal - on a breakaway with just under two minutes left in the period. After using his speed to blow past defenseman Bob Boughner, Forsberg continued skating along the left side. Turek played the near post and tried to decoy Forsberg into shooting at the fat part of the net, but the All-Star winger snuck the puck between Turek’s body and the near post.
“I couldn’t quite catch him at the end,” said Boughner, who was unable to deter Forsberg with his stick at the last moment. “It seems the puck was his friend tonight. He’s playing with a lot of confidence and obviously he’s one of the best players in the world.”
“He was pretty confident on his breakaway because he scored two goals before,” Turek added. “He’s a good skilled player.”
Iginla has five goals in his last three games and ruined David Aebischer’s shutout bid. The Colorado goaltender made 38 saves.
“I felt pretty good and just tried to save goals as much as possible,” Aebischer said. “I guess the whole team got a bit too comfortable in the third.”
Colorado has not lost since January 16 and moved into fifth place in the Western Conference playoff race, passing Edmonton and Minnesota.
The Flames, who have the worst record in the conference, suffered just their fourth regulation loss in 16 games within the Northwest Division.
“We knew Calgary would come in here and work hard,” Colorado coach Tony Granato said. “We knew we had to come out and be sharp early. Everybody worked hard to make sure we got two points.”
The Flames are winless in 23 games when trailing after two periods.