Remember 2008? Yeah, the most recent Wings Stanley Cup. It was awesome and something I’ll always remember. Let’s take a trip down memory lane and review one of the better, if not the best, goals from the Final – Valtteri Filppula’s Superman-style goal in game two. In case it’s been a while since you’ve seen it, here’s the video of the goal:
Awesome. Let’s set this up here. It’s a 2-0 Wings lead in the third period. The teams are playing 4 on 4, and the Wings have Kronwall (I think, he isn’t involved in the play), Stuart, Franzen, and Filppula on the ice. The Penguins of note are Jordan Staal , Evgeni Malkin, and Kris Letang. Here…we…go!
Fil starts the play off in the defensive zone. He looks like he wants to skate the puck out, but because it’s not 2002 anymore, Kronwall can’t tackle Jordan Staal, so Fil sees help coming in one Bradley Stuart.
Fil hits Stewie with a pass. Staal breaks off from Fil and goes to pressure Stewie. Fil continues his trend towards the neutral zone while Franzen begins skating towards the play. So what does Stewie do now?
Stewie does a quick stop and moves the puck up towards the boards. Staal bites on the fake but recovers and quickly gets back on Stewie’s behind. You can see Franzen coming down low and slowly begin turning up towards center ice. Fil also turns to come back and give Stewie support in the defensive zone.
Stewie prepares another “stop and keep the puck away from Staal” move. As you can see, there’s a ton of open space in front of Stewie and both Fil and Mule are now skating towards center with some good momentum.
Stewie pulls a puck behind-the-back off-the-boards move to get the puck away from the pressuring Staal. You’ll notice how Malkin now and joined the play and is staring at the puck. The two Penguins players are taking the passing lanes in the center of the ice. But Mule is providing proper puck support towards the boards. I think you know what happens next.
YUUUUUUUP, Stewie plays the puck off the boards to Mule. Mule picks his head up, and as you can see. Fil is flying in the neutral zone. He begins cutting in towards the center of ice and is about to create awesomeness.
Mule hits Fil with a perfect pass as Fil cuts into the defensive zone. Letang, the Penguins defenseman, was playing a little higher than he should have been and is not prepared for Fil’s speed as he tries to skate forwards towards Fil. Let’s see how Fil owns him.
Fil skates past Letang while quite easily moving the puck past the Penguins pylon err defenseman. Letang really has no choice but to grab Fil (because, you know, that’s not a common theme around lots of people (ahemFC(inside joke, don’t worry about it))). Yeah, he even fails at taking a penalty, as you’re about to see.
Okay, I’m better now. What a goal. Pretty simple play here – Fil dishes the puck off to Stewie in the D zone. Stewie pulls a couple of stops to clear a lane and plays the puck up towards Mule. Mule sees Fil skating towards the offensive zone with speed and gives him the puck. Fil easily goes past Letang, who was playing up too high and was never able to get in proper position. Fil then scored a fantastical goal while getting hauled down by Letang. Awesome.
There you have it, my breakdown of Valtteri Filppula’s game two goal during the 2008 Stanley Cup Final.
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I can’t do this all on my own, no I know, I’m no Superman.