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Valtteri Filppula  #51

NUMBER: 51 BIRTHDATE: March 20, 1984  (AGE 31)
HEIGHT: 6' 0" BIRTHPLACE: Vantaa, Finland
WEIGHT: 193 DRAFTED: DET / 2002 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 3rd   (95th overall)
2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs - Scored his third goal of the playoffs, the game-deciding tally, in Game 5 at New York - Has posted eight points (two goals, six assists) over his past 12 games - Tied his career-postseason high of three points (one goal, two assists) in Game 2 at Montreal First Round - 7 GP, 1G, 1A, 2 PTS, -5, 2 PIM Second Round - 6 GP, 1G, 3A, 4 PTS, -1, 2 PIM ECF - 6 GP, 1G, 3A, 4 PTS, -1, 0 PIM 2014-15 Regular Season - Led the Lightning for power-play assists with 15 - Ranked second on the Lightning among forwards for average TOI (19:01) - Led the team for face-off percentage (52.4%) and face-offs taken (1,185) - 10 of his 12 goals were scored at Amalie Arena CAREER PLAYOFF HIGHS: Goals: 2 (4/16/10 at ARI) Assists: 2 (8x, Last: 5/18/15 at NYR) Points: 3 (3x, Last: 5/3/15 at MTL) TOI: 30:09 (6/2/08 vs. PIT)
Signed as a free agent by Jokerit Helsinki (Finland), September 21, 2012. Signed as a free agent by Tampa Bay, July 5, 2013.
Quote of the Day

For our team, as a group, we've never been this far before, and so it's just more lessons learned, and sometimes you have to go to the school of hard knocks to find out what works and what doesn't. We've got a young group. They've played some unreal hockey here to get us this far, and we showed if we're not going to play the proper way, a really, really good hockey team is going to beat you, and that's what they did. It's a lesson learned.

— Lightning coach Jon Cooper after Rangers win in Game 6 forced a Game 7 that will be played at Madison Square Garden on Friday