Valtteri Filppula carries a five-game scoring streak into the next round of the NHL playoffs. Filppula scored the game-winning goal in Game 3 and chipped in four assists in the Red Wings' sweep of the Phoenix Coyotes in the first round. His scoring streak began with an assist in the Wings' 4-3 victory over the Blackhawks in the regular-season finale April 10. "It was good that first series, as a line and as a team, to capitalize on those chances," said Filppula on Friday, attempting to deflect attention about his performance. The Wings took Saturday and Sunday off and return to practice today. Asked what he did well against the Coyotes, Filppula again preferred to talk about the play of his line with Jiri Hudler and Drew Miller. "We were able to play real well defensively," Filppula sad. "Didn't spend a whole lot of time in our own end, which is good."
Valterri Filppula putting up playoff points
Detroit Free Press | Apr 25