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Valtteri Filppula may play professional tennis

While most hockey players are enjoying their time off during the summer by playing golf or fishing, Valtteri Filppula has been playing tennis. Word is that the NHL forward is pretty good and has thought about turning pro. As seen in a report from the Helsinki Times, Filppula has been thinking about competing in some C-Class tennis competitions while the NHL is adjourned for the...
Via Puck Drunk Love
July 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Valtteri Filppula may play professional tennis

While most hockey players are enjoying their time off during the summer by playing golf or fishing, Valtteri Filppula has been playing tennis. Word is that the NHL forward is pretty good and has thought about turning pro. As seen in a report from the Helsinki Times, Filppula has been thinking about competing in some C-Class tennis competitions while the NHL is adjourned for the...
Via Bloguin Best
July 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Stamkos' absence reveals Lightning's two-way depth at center

For the first time in over a decade, the Tampa Bay Lightning found themselves skating without an elite center last season. The team parted ways with former captain Vincent Lecavalier during the summer, and played without sniper Steven Stamkos, who suffered a broken leg, for four months. The adversity proved invaluable to the Lighting, as it revealed the team had significant depth...
Via Fox Sports Florida
June 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Filppula joins burgeoning injury list

With the playoffs starting in less than a week, the microscope on any injury becomes magnified. With G Ben Bishop already sidelined with an unspecified upper body injury to his left arm and out indefinitely, C Valtteri Filppula joined the list of key players out due to injury that also includes top four defenseman Sami Salo, who missed his second consecutive game with an undisclosed...
Via Pro Sports Daily
April 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Ryan Callahan A Fit In Tampa

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN, Callahan has been playing on a line with Valtteri Filppula and Ondrej Palat. "That line has been dynamic at both ends of the ice for us," said Cooper. "That kid [Callahan] knows how to play the game below the dots. We haven't had a ton of those guys wheel through our organization. It's a great fit for us. He's probably...
Via Kukla's Korner
March 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Filppula hopes to play next week

Lightning C Valtteri Filppula missed out on playing for Finland in the Olympics after suffering a non-displaced fracture in his right ankle on Feb. 6. He hopes he doesn’t miss any time with Tampa Bay. Filppula was expected to need three weeks to recover from the injury, which would put him in line to return when Tampa Bay returns to action on Thursday in Nashville. While that...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Koivu, Filppula absences weaken Team Finland

Dashed Olympic hopes caused by injury don't have to turn into some kind of hellishly introspective nightmare of soul searching with wailing and gnashing of teeth - though that's what countrymen and fans of Team Finland may be feeling as the Sochi Games commence......particularly on Thursday when the Finland takes on Austria in the preliminary round of the Men's Ice...
Via Sports Injury Alert
February 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Finland puts 2 KHL players on Olympic roster

Finland has chosen Kontinental Hockey League teammates to replace Tampa Bay Lightning forward Valtteri Filppula and Minnesota Wild forward Mikko Koivu. Jarkko Immonen and Sakari Salminen of the KHL's Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod were added to the Olympic roster. The Finns' chances to earn a medal for a fourth time since 1998 - when NHL players began participating in the Olympics...
Via AP on Fox
February 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Lightning lose Filppula to fractured ankle; Bishop hurt, too

As if the Tampa Bay Lightning need any more discouraging news...On the heels of Wednesday's announcement that star forward Steven Stamkos will not be suiting up for the Lightning, nor will he be participating in the Sochi Games for Team Canada, comes news that Goalie Ben Bishop and centerman Valtteri Filppula have each suffered injuries that will carry into the Olympic break...
Via Sports Injury Alert
February 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Lightning's Valtteri Filppula to miss Olympics with ankle injury

TAMPA, Fla. -- A day after Steven Stamkos failed to receive medical clearance to compete in the Winter Olympics, another member of the Tampa Bay Lightning will miss out on the festivities. The team announced Friday that center Valtteri Filppula sustained a non-displaced fracture of his right ankle in Thursday night's loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Filppula, who was scheduled...
Via Fox Sports Florida
February 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Lightning lose Ben Bishop, Valtteri Filppula to injury in loss to Maple Leafs

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Jonathan Bernier made 33 saves and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1 on Thursday night. Mason Raymond, Jay McClement, James van Riemsdyk and Tyler Bozak scored for Toronto, which was coming of a 4-1 loss Tuesday night at Florida. Bernier had a number of strong saves early when Tampa Bay dominated the first half of the first period, and he...
Via Fox Sports Florida
February 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Add Filppula to list of players Lightning won’t have Saturday

The Tampa Bay Lightning have their work cut out for them against the Montreal Canadiens this afternoon. Goaltenders Anders Lindback and Ben Bishop are both sidelined, which has forced Tampa Bay to summon two netminders from the AHL with a combined five games worth of NHL experience. Now it looks like the Lightning will also be without forward Valtteri Filppula, according to Tampa...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Valtteri Filppula making Lightning into bona fide contender

BRANDON, Fla. -- After another practice during a seamless transition, Valtteri Filppula tried to explain why his new environment has become a fast fit. This was early Friday afternoon, a little more than 12 hours after the Tampa Bay Lightning center recorded an assist in a shootout loss to the New York Islanders at Tampa Bay Times Forum. The point added to a streak of eight goals...
Via Fox Sports Florida
January 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Lightning take control in wild 2nd period to beat Flyers

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Valtteri Filppula scored the go-ahead goal during a wild second period and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Flyers 6-3 Saturday to snap Philadelphia's 10-game home winning streak. Ryan Malone had two goals, Alex Killorn, Teddy Purcell, and Martin St. Louis also scored goals for the Lightning, who moved into a tie with Boston for first place in the Atlantic...
Via Fox Sports Florida
January 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Lightning-Flames Preview

The Tampa Bay Lightning are in the midst of their most successful road stretch in six years. They'll look for a fifth consecutive road victory while trying to hand the Calgary Flames a fourth straight home defeat Friday night. Valtteri Filppula and Alex Killorn each had a goal and an assist as Tampa Bay (24-12-4) used a three-goal second period Wednesday to open a four-game...
Via AP on Fox
January 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Filppula helps Lightning get rare road win over Canucks

Vancouver Canucks coach John Tortorella did not waste much time analyzing his club's effort Wednesday night. "It was our worst game of the year," Tortorella said after the Canucks dropped a 4-2 decision to the Tampa Bay Lightning. "We deserved to lose that one. We did." Valtteri Filppula had a goal and an assist for the Lightning, whose franchise is 21 years...
Via AP on Fox
January 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Lightning beat Canucks 4-2

Valtteri Filppula had a goal and an assist as the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-2 on Wednesday night. The Lightning, whose franchise is 21 years old, posted only its second win ever in Vancouver. Tampa Bay made history of another sort by posting a fourth straight road win for the first time since Jan. 8-Feb. 7, 2008. Tyler Johnson, Nikita Kucherov and Alex Killorn...
Via AP on Fox
January 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Lightning use big 2nd period to drop Canucks

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Valtteri Filppula had a goal and an assist as the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-2 on Wednesday night. The Lightning, whose franchise is 21 years old, posted only its second win ever in Vancouver. Tampa Bay made history of another sort by posting a fourth straight road win for the first time since Jan. 8-Feb. 7, 2008. Tyler Johnson...
Via Fox Sports Florida
January 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Predators-Lightning Preview

John Cooper believes good things happen when Valtteri Filppula shoots more. It appears his Finnish forward is listening. Filppula and the Tampa Bay Lightning try to push their winning streak to three games Thursday night when they host the Nashville Predators. Tampa Bay's prized free agent acquisition this offseason, Filppula has been forced to take on a bigger role after star...
Via AP on Fox
December 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Late flurry lifts Bolts past Islanders 3-2 in shootout

Looking down and nearly out, the Tampa Bay Lightning found a way to fight back on Tuesday. Tampa Bay stormed back with two goals in the final three minutes from Valtteri Filppula to force overtime in a 3-2 shootout victory against the New York Islanders in front of an announced crowd of 13,618 at Nassau Coliseum. “The boys stuck with it ... but let's be honest, you are down...
Via Pro Sports Daily
December 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Filppula scores 2 in final moments as Bolts edge Isles in shootout

Valtteri Filppula scored twice in the final 3 minutes of regulation and then converted in the shootout to rally the Tampa Bay Lightning past the skidding New York Islanders 3-2 on Tuesday night. Nikita Kucherov also connected in the shootout as the Lightning handed New York its 13th loss in 14 games (1-9-4). The only Islanders victory during that stretch came in a shootout last...
Via AP on Fox
December 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Filppula scores 2 in final moments as Bolts edge Isles in shootout

Valtteri Filppula scored twice in the final 3 minutes of regulation and then converted in the shootout to rally the Tampa Bay Lightning past the skidding New York Islanders 3-2 on Tuesday night.
Via FOXSports.com
December 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Valtteri Filppula joins a long line of Red Wings ‘graduates’ who succeed elsewhere

Given the way Stephen Weiss's tenure with the Red Wings has gone thus far, it's particularly frustrating for Wings fans to hear that yet another player that chose to sign elsewhere for very similar money to the Wings were offering him in one Valtteri Filppula's having so much success with the Tampa Bay Lightning (following in the footsteps of Tomas Kopecky, Jiri Hudler...
Via Kukla's Korner
December 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Lightning-Blue Jackets Preview

The Tampa Bay Lightning are hoping the turn of the calendar will help them fix a power-play that was the NHL's second-worst in November. They could get plenty of chances against a Columbus Blue Jackets team that has spent plenty of time in the penalty box lately. The Lightning look to end a four-game road slide Tuesday night when they face the Blue Jackets, who have been victimized...
Via AP on Fox
December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Bolts maintain dominance over West with 5-1 win over Anaheim

The best from the West continue to be turned aside by the Lightning this season. Tampa Bay remained perfect against Western Conference opponents after knocking off the top team in the opposite conference with a 5-1 victory against Anaheim in front of an announced crowd of 17,763 at the Forum. Valtteri Filppula had a pair of goals and three points while Marty St. Louis had a goal...
Via Pro Sports Daily
November 15, 2013  |  Discuss
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