Filppula was heading off the ice after his second shift of the game when he got into a shoving match with Andrew Shaw after the Chicago forward took a whack at Detroit captain Henrik Zetterberg. He tumbled onto the ice, got himself onto the bench and quickly limped off to the dressing room and reportedly was later seen on crutches.
He played only 1:28 before leaving 3:43 into the game. The Red Wings announced after the first intermission that Filppula would not return.
Filppula has six points in five Game 7s during his career. He has two goals and six points in 12 playoff games this spring, including a goal and an assist in this series.
The old saying in hockey is 'weather the storm.' I put the notion in their heads that we don't want to weather the storm, we want to push just as hard and matched their work ethic. I thought our guys exceeded that in the first period.
— Edmonton Oilers coach Dallas Eakins after their loss to the Nashville Predators on Thursday