Darren Helm is known around the NHL as one of the fastest players in the game. He thrills his teammates on a nightly basis when he kicks on the afterburners, and is among the best penalty killers around because of said speed. He used it to his advantage once again last night as the Detroit Red Wings took on the New York Islanders, and the result was remarkable.
The goal was Helm’s second of the evening and came while the Wings were killing a penalty. Oh, the speedy forward also did a flip of New York’s goalie, Kevin Poulin, while in the process of scoring the goal.
It’s tough to blame Poulin for how he played this puck. He would have beaten mostly every other player in the league to the loose biscuit. He then would have been able to clear it down the ice or out of trouble and nothing would have happened. Not with Helm in play though.
You can see the Red Wing kick it into high gear as soon as Dan Cleary cleared the puck though, and no one had a chance to beat him to the roller. Helm has been phenomenal for Detroit since returning from a lengthy stint on the LTIR. Through 13 games played, he’s scored seven goals and added two assists to boot.
With Pavel Datsyuk on the shelf, this is exactly the kind of effort the Wings needed.