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Valtteri Filppula  #51

NUMBER: 51 BIRTHDATE: March 20, 1984  (AGE 30)
HEIGHT: 6' 0" BIRTHPLACE: Vantaa, Finland
WEIGHT: 195 DRAFTED: DET / 2002 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 3rd   (95th overall)

2014 Playoffs
- Led all Lightning forwards with 20:41 TOI in Game 3
- Recorded a power-play assist in Game 2
- Went 18-for-27 (67%) in the faceoff circle in Game 1 versus Montreal

2013-14 Regular Season
- Missed the final two games of the regular season with a lower body injury
- Recorded a career-best 12-game point streak from Mar. 8-30 posting five goals and 11 assists during that span
- Set a new career-high for goals in a season with 25
- Ranked second on the Lightning for points (58) and second for power-play goals (six)
- Has skated in 105 career playoff games, all with Detroit, posting 19 goals and 57 points
- Has never missed the playoffs in his NHL career

Signed as a free agent by Jokerit Helsinki (Finland), September 21, 2012. Signed as a free agent by Tampa Bay, July 5, 2013.

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round