Darren Helm scored a dazzling goal for the Detroit Red Wings last night en route to a 3-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres. With his team trailing by one early in the second period, the Helm found the puck on his stick after his linemates did some dirty work along the boards to get him a pass, and he didn’t miss with his chance from the slot.
Justin Abdelkader is the reason that this play can happen in the first place. He wins the race for a loose puck along the boards and cycles it down to Daniel Alfredsson, who makes a pretty slick pass to Helm. While Helm is usually known and noted for his speed and forechecking tenacity, he’s got a pretty good set of hands to boot.
Tyler Ennis of the Sabres goes for the puck instead of taking the body, and Helm’s sudden pivot toward the net changes both the angle for the goalie while protecting the biscuit with his back.
The goal is pretty as an end result, but what coach Mike Babcock probably liked the most about it was that it was generated because of hard work and a little bit of sandpaper. Both Abdelkader and Alfredsson made plays with a guy in their face, and it’s outstanding to see a player like Helm get rewarded for his hard work with a goal like this.