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Filppula leaves United Center with left leg in an immobilizer

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.”

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Howard’s vision fine and will start tonight

DETROIT – Jimmy Howard knew things could have been worse, much worse.

Howard was accidently kicked in the face at practice Monday and the skate lifted his helmet and hit him on his left jaw.

“I started looking right away for blood because the mask actually came up,” Howard said Thursday. “I was more scared than anything else coming that close to a skate blade. I continued to practice. It was just one of those freak things.”

Howard even had test for a concussion afterwards and those results came back negative.

The next day, Howard left midway through the first period of the overtime loss to Nashville with blurred vision.

“Everything was blurry and being a goalie that’s not a good combination,” Howard said. “They don’t think (Monday’s incident) had really anything to do with it. I had a cat scan the other day and nothing showed up. I’m fortunate.”

Howard began having trouble in the Wings’ first power play against the Predators.

“I was trying to track down the puck in the other end and I realized I didn’t have that great vision on it,” Howard said. “Then I started looking around and it was like everything was sort of a blur.

“I felt fine pre-game skate, warmups and then for some reason I don’t know,” Howard added. “I knew I wouldn’t be
helping the guys if I stayed out there.”

Howard said something like that has never happened to him before.

“It lasted pretty much the rest of the night,” Howard said of his blurred vision.

On Wednesday he had a number of tests done at the Detroit Medical Center. He also saw an optometrist.

“Nothing came back out of the normal,” Howard said. “Everything’s back to normal.”