Filppula Scores Twice as Red Wings Rebound to Down Stars

Valtteri Filppula scored twice to lead the Detroit Red Wings back from a 1-0 deficit Tuesday night and earn a 4-1 win over the visiting Dallas Stars.

Filppula got the Red Wings on the board with 6:46 left in the second period. Pavel Datsyuk stole the puck behind the Dallas net and sent a pass out to Filppula all alone in the slot for a shot past Dallas netminder Kari Lehtonen to tie the game, 1-1.

A Henrik Zetterberg goal with Detroit on a two-man advantage with 24 seconds left gave the team their first lead of the game, beating Lehtonen with a rocket shot from the top of the left faceoff circle.

Damien Brunner added his third career goal at 6:15 of the third period, deflecting a Johan Franzen shot out of the air and past Lehtonen.

Filppula closed out the scoring just 23 seconds later. Datsyuk drew three defenders in as he drove through the slot, then passed off to Filppula in the slot for a wrister past Lehtonen to make it 4-1.

Loui Eriksson had opened the game's scoring at 10:22 of the middle period, knocking the rebound of a Cody Eakin chance past Jimmy Howard on a two-on-one.

Howard finished the night with 25 saves on 26 shots to get the win. Lehtonen stopped 21 of the 25 shots he faced in 55:15 of playing time before making way for Richard Bachman, who stopped two shots to close out the game.

Detroit went one-for-six on the power play while Dallas was scoreless on five tries with the extra attacker.

The Red Wings look to make it a streak on Friday when they host the St. Louis Blues.

Notes: Brian Lashoff was the healthy scratch on defense for the Red Wings, with Jakub Kindl sliding back into the lineup. Carlo Colaiacovo and Ian White remain on injured reserve... Darren Helm, Mikael Samuelsson (IR), and Jan Mursak (IR) were out up front... Tom McCollum once again backed up Jimmy Howard with Jonas Gustavsson still nursing a sore groin.

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It's the Dallas Stars visiting the Red Wings tonight for the second matchup between the teams in a week.

Kari Lehtonen held the Red Wings to a single goal (scored with just seconds remaining) last Tuesday and will get the nod again tonight for the Stars, who are coming off a 2-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets last night.

The Wings, who lost to Chicago in overtime on Sunday, will go with Jimmy Howard for the sixth consecutive game. Brian Lashoff is the healthy scratch on the blue line with Jakub Kindl sliding back into the lineup. No changes are expected for the forwards.

Game time is 7:30 on Fox Sports Detroit Plus. That's 707 on my channel lineup, but I can't speak for yours.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/29/2013 at 6:26 PM


Another pointless fight off the opening draw. Awesome. And the power play still looking... Something.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/29/2013 at 7:46 PM


Who fought? Can't see the game....again.... here in NC.

Posted by drwmike33 on 1/29/2013 at 7:59 PM

Hell of a fight by Tootoo but I still fail to see the point.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/29/2013 at 8:12 PM

Who fought? Can't see the game....again.... here in NC.

Tootoo both times.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/29/2013 at 8:12 PM

Amazing the difference in the PK between Game 1 and now,

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/29/2013 at 8:19 PM

Odd-man opportunity bites the Wings in the ass? I can't believe it.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/29/2013 at 8:52 PM


Wings did a great job of not giving up after the Dallas goal. Lehtonen really keeping the Stars in it tonight.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/29/2013 at 9:27 PM

Valtteri Filppula

Valtteri Filppula
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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