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Forsberg has hat trick as Predators score 3 in 3rd, beat Blackhawks 5-2 to force Game 6

  • Nashville Predators center Colin Wilson, right, celebrates after scoring a goal against the Chicago Blackhawks during the third period of Game 5 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Thursday, April 23, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

    Nashville Predators center Colin Wilson, right, celebrates after scoring a goal against the Chicago Blackhawks during the third period of Game 5 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Thursday, April 23, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)  (The Associated Press)

  • Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith (2) skates to the bench as Nashville Predators celebrate a goal by Colin Wilson (33) during the third period of Game 5 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Thursday, April 23, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

    Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith (2) skates to the bench as Nashville Predators celebrate a goal by Colin Wilson (33) during the third period of Game 5 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Thursday, April 23, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)  (The Associated Press)

  • Nashville Predators center Filip Forsberg (9), of Sweden, celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against Chicago Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling (33) during the third period of Game 5 of an NHL Western Conference hockey playoff series Thursday, April 23, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

    Nashville Predators center Filip Forsberg (9), of Sweden, celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against Chicago Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling (33) during the third period of Game 5 of an NHL Western Conference hockey playoff series Thursday, April 23, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)  (The Associated Press)

Rookie Filip Forsberg had his first career hat trick and the Nashville Predators forced a sixth game in their first-round Western Conference series by beating the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2 Thursday night.

A triple-overtime loss in Chicago early Wednesday pushed the Predators to the brink of elimination, and these teams appeared headed for the third overtime game of this series tied at 1-1 after two.

James Neal then got the go-ahead goal in the opening minute of the third to start a flurry of three goals in a span of less than 2 1/2 minutes and the Predators pulled to 3-2 in the series with Game 6 Saturday night in Chicago.

Forsberg finished his hat trick with an empty netter in the final minute. Colin Wilson also had a goal, and Neal had an assist.

Brad Richards had a goal and an assist, and Kris Versteeg also scored for Chicago.