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Filppula Powers Red Wings to Victory Over Stars

January 30th, 2013 at 12:43 PM
By Frank Vajcner

Valtteri Filppula received a perfect pass from Pavel Datsyuk right in front of the goal.

All Filppula had to do was shoot the puck at the net, and he had his second goal of the game.

Filppula scored two goals, both assisted by Datsyuk, which helped the Detroit Red Wings defeat the Dallas Stars 4-1 Tuesday night.

"Whenever he has the puck, you can always expect it's going to come your way," Filppula said of Datsyuk. "I've obviously played with him for a while now, but still, every once in a while you get surprised."

Datsyuk was paired with Filppula after the Red Wings lost to the Stars 2-1 a week prior to this game, and it produced results in a win over Minnesota Friday.

The Wings were the first team to beat the Stars by more than one goal this season. The Stars struggled after playing in Columbus the previous night.

A scoreless first period saw Jordin Tootoo drop the gloves with Eric Nystrom three seconds in, and again with Brendan Dillon at 16:11.

"I just expected him to get out and forecheck, but he took it upon himself to have a couple bouts," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "We don't mind that either, but we'd just as soon he forecheck. He's a guy that gives us a different dimension than we've had, and he's physical out there, and guys know he's out there."

The Stars got on the board first when Loui Eriksson beat Jimmy Howard off of a rebound at 10:22 of the second period.

The combination of Datsyuk and Filppula would answer at 13:14 after Datsyuk dished the puck to Filppula in front of the net, who then beat Kari Lehtonen for his first goal of the year.

Henrik Zetterberg made it 2-1 on a 5-on-3 power play after he beat Lehtonen with a slapshot at 19:36.

The Wings put their foot on the accelerator in the third period. Damien Brunner scored his third goal of the year at 6:15 after he tipped a shot from Johan Franzen into the net. Filppula then made it 4-1 23 seconds later after Datsyuk fed him the puck, and then fired a shot into an open net.

Filppula nearly had a hat trick later in the third, but he was stopped by Lehtonen.

Howard made 25 saves in the win. Lehtonen finished with 21 saves before being replaced by Richard Bachman late in the third.

THREE STARS:

  1. DET. Valtteri Filppula (2 goals)
  2. DET. Pavel Datsyuk (2 assists)
  3. DET. Henrik Zetterberg (goal, assist)
Tags: Damien Brunner, Detroit, Detroit Red Wings, Henrik Zetterberg, Hockey, Jimmy Howard, Jordin Tootoo, Mike Babcock, NHL, Pavel Datsyuk, Valtteri Filppula

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