Valtteri Filppula had a somewhat quiet playoff series against the Anaheim Ducks. But when the Detroit Red Wings needed him the most, Filppula delivered.
The Wings’ forward assisted on Henrik Zetterberg’s early goal in Game 7, then tallied what would be the game-winning goal in the second period, backhanding one past Jonas Hiller. Filppula took a pretty pass from Danny Cleary, after Zetterberg won a battle along the boards. Filppula then one-timed one off his backhand into the net for a 3-1 win. The Wings held on for a 3-2 victory.
The video of Filppula’s clutch goal: