CHICAGO — Just two shifts into his Game 7, Valtteri Filppula had his night end.
Filppula got tied up with Chicago’s Andrew Shaw near the Wings’ bench and wound up on the ice and needed to be helped back to the dressing room.
He did not return and was seen leaving the United Center with his left leg in an immobilizer.
“He’s hurt,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said after the game. “He’ll be ready for camp.”
The Wings reported his injury as lower body.
Filppula left with either a knee or ankle injury.
Shaw first crosschecked Henrik Zetterberg and then Daniel Cleary tried to grab him while on the bench. Shaw then crosschecked Filppula high and the forward tumbled awkwardly to the ice.
The replay looked as if Shaw slew-footed Filppula to bring him to the ice.
“You guys watched the video, you decide,” Babcock said.
Shaw was not penalized on the play.
“He’s a big big part of this team, but our forwards were all over the place, working so hard, making it tough on them,” defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. “I thought everyone really laid everything on the line. It’s tough to come up short.”
Filppula made the Wings juggle forwards on and off the line with Zetterberg and Cleary.
“Losing Fil didn’t help us but I thought we found a way, we had different guys moving up with me and Z,” Cleary said. “We played well. (Jimmy Howard) played great for us. We had a great goalie. Z, Pav, it was a fun year. It was a great season.”
Gustav Nyquist’s time on the line led to the Wings’ only goal in the 2-1 overtime loss to the Blackhawks.
“I don’t even know what happened to him, but when you lose a great player like that it’s tough,” defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo said. “I thought everyone did a good job filling in for him. I’m really proud of the effort the guys put in tonight.”
“He has been really good for us throughout the whole playoffs,” defenseman Jonathan Ericsson said. “To miss a player like that and to have to go short after that line had been playing so well we had to make adjustments, but that’s part of the game.”