Point-less in the first five games of Detroit’s Western Conference semifinal series with San Jose, Valtteri Filppula picked a great time to break out of his drought.
The winger assisted on Henrik Zetterberg’s tying goal and then scored the goal that put the Red Wings ahead for good last night in their 3-1 Game 6 victory over the Sharks, who have now squandered a 3-0 series lead and will host Game 7 Thursday.
For his efforts, Filppula is the TheBruinsBlog.net Star of the Night.
Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press explained in her story:
Forward Valtteri Filppula looked like the star the Red Wings long have thought he could be Tuesday, making plays all over the ice to help them beat San Jose, 3-1, at Joe Louis Arena.
She later wrote:
The Wings have high expectations of Filppula, but have been frustrated at times because he doesn’t go to the net enough, doesn’t play down low enough. He didn’t have any points against the Sharks before Game 6.
Now Filppula has gone from a drought to a hot streak. If he can keep it up in Game 7, he may be part of a little history.
Honorable mention: Jimmy Howard (24-for-25 saves), Henrik Zetterberg (GTG) and Pavel Datsyuk (A, plus-2) of Detroit; Antti Niemi (42-for-44 saves) of San Jose.
Last night’s score
Detroit 3, San Jose 1