Valtteri Filppula still frame from Nike ad for Leijonat.

Fear the Finn


Not the San Jose Sharks mascot…

No not Antti Neimi…

Antti Nieni (Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP)

The one. The only. Valtteri Filppula.

Almost invisible during the playoffs it would be the Finnish Wonder that would emerge from the depths of the Red Sea to be the third star of the game – and for good reason.

Not having a single point in the first five games in the series it would be Valtteri with the secondary assist on the Red Wings first goal of the game as he set up Niklas Kronwall’s shot that was tipped-in by Henrik Zetterberg.

It would be Filppula minutes later with the game winning goal as he tipped-in a shot from the one-handed-magician Pavel Datsyuk to send the series back to San Jose for the Red Wings fourth straight elimination game.

Kiitos Valtteri, Onnea!

Detroit will rest at home tonight before they head back to California for game seven at 9:00 p.m. EST on Versus and CBC.