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.
I'm here to develop a winning culture and a winning team. There is a bright future ahead of this team. A lot of young, great hockey players here and on the way … a fan base that's passionate about the game of hockey.
— Dan Bylsma after being introduced as new coach of the Buffalo Sabres