Valtteri Filppula was leaning against a wall, casual, calm, the Game 7 victory against Anaheim already in his past and the series against Chicago on the horizon.

The Red Wings returned to Detroit on Monday, flew home pleased after upsetting the second-seeded Ducks and pumped up to take on the top-seeded Blackhawks. The Wings showed character and toughness and resilience and all sorts of intangibles in the first round, but the second round is going to require extra reserve. The Blackhawks are that much better than everyone else.

They have the best defensive corps in the league, two goaltenders so good no one would worry if a switch had to be made, and a group of forwards that are going to be hard for Detroit’s defense to contain. The Wings won’t last long without all of their best players being their best. That’s a given with Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk. Johan Franzen needs to reestablish himself after a quiet second-half against the Ducks.

And then there’s the Filppula factor.

Filppula flashed a rarely seen sense of humor in talking about Sunday night’s event. He’d scored the game-winning goal that gave the Wings a 3-2 victory Sunday night at Honda Center, and had assisted on the first goal. His performance was clutch, and stood out all the more in contrast to two nights earlier back in Detroit, when an inexplicably bad give-away behind his own net led to a goal by Anaheim’s Emerson Etem that helped erase a two-goal Detroit lead.

So what happened there?