Zetterberg warns Filppula: Don’t slash me again

Ted Kulfan
The Detroit News
Henrik Zetterberg and former teammate, Tampa Bay center Valtteri Filppula, mix it up during a third-period scrum.

Tampa, Fla. – Valtteri Filppula and Henrik Zetterberg are good friends.

But even good friends can scuffle a bit sometimes.

Zetterberg was annoyed for getting slashed by Filppula, a former Red Wing, in the final minutes of Wednesday night’s Game 1 between Detroit and Tampa Bay.

“I think I slashed him a little bit and he just let me know, ‘Don’t do that again,’” said Filppula of the late-game shoving.

Filppula believes he struck Zetterberg just after a faceoff late in the game, just outside the Tampa zone.

“I think I got him on the hand,” Filppula said. “I hope he’s OK.”

Zetterberg would not elaborate on the situation after practice Thursday.

“What happens out there, stays out there,” said Zetterberg, who insisted there was nothing wrong with either hand / arm, although both were concealed under a long-sleeve T-shirt. “A lot of stuff happened in the end. I’m not sure what was said.”

Coach Jeff Blashill said everyone who played in Game 1 is available for Friday’s game.

“I read that,” said Blashill, regarding Filppula’s slash on Zetterberg. “I didn’t see it. He’s (Zetterberg) available.”

So, will this little altercation affect any possible dinner plans in the future between the two when the teams are playing?

"We'll see," Zetterberg said with a smile.

Filppula on Datsyuk

Filppula was disappointed to hear about the possibility that another former long-time teammate, Pavel Datsyuk, might retire from the NHL after this season.

“He’s obviously a real good player, one of the best players in the league in my opinion,” Filppula said. “It would be sad to see him go. Hopefully he’ll keep playing.

“I was a young player when I was there and he was a good player to learn from. He works so hard on and off the ice and competes every night. I was very fortunate to have played with him.”

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