DETROIT -- It took the Red Wings just 35 seconds to show that Friday wasn't going to be Minnesota's night.
That was how long it took Valteri Filppula to give the Wings a 1-0 lead, and Detroit went on to thrash the exhausted Wild 6-0. Minnesota was playing for the third time in four nights - all in different cities. The Wings led 2-0 after one, 5-0 after two and cruised to the win.
Filppula got his first-minute goal with a backhand off Josh Harding's rebound. It was Filppulas 20th goal of the season, the first time in his career that hes reached that mark.
When you get to play a lot the expectations get higher, said Filppula. It feels pretty good. The last record was nineteen, so its nice to get that over with.
I dont think about points that much. When youre playing well, I always believe that the points will come when youre doing good things. Definitely its always nice to get goals and 20 is a good number for me.
Rookie defenseman Brendan Smith gave Detroit a 2-0 lead at 16:04 ...