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Game Wrap And Filppula's 1000th Game Tonight

02/01/2020 at 7:22am EST

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

If you were expecting a different looking Red Wings team coming out of that All-Star break, no such luck.

They pretty much looked like the Red Wings from most of this season Friday in a 4-2 loss to the New York Rangers.

The Red Wings rallied with two third-period goals, but it was after they trailed 4-0, and too large a deficit to overcome.

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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Filppula’s parents came to Detroit from their native Finland in anticipation of watching him hit a milestone Saturday when the Wings host the Rangers at Little Caesars Arena.

“It means a lot,” Filppula said. “I hoped the circumstances would be a little bit different, that we would have a little bit better season. It’s been a while. Fifteen seasons. I’m healthy and able to play so I am excited about that.”

It’s fitting it comes in a Wings uniform: He was a regular in the lineup from 2006 to 07 to 2012 to 13, when he rejected offers from the Wings and bolted to Tampa Bay. At the time, the Lightning were managed by Steve Yzerman, and this past summer Yzerman made Filppula one of his first free-agent signings after being named general manager of the Wings. Filppula won the Cup with the Wings in 2008.

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