Red Wings Blow Lead, Score in OT to Beat Blues, 4-3

The Detroit Red Wings gave up a three-goal lead Thursday night but got an overtime goal from Darren Helm to pick up a 4-3 win over the St. Louis Blues.

Helm's goal came after the Blues forced overtime, rallying from down 3-0 midway through the game to tie things up with 5:46 remaining in regulation.

After Helm chipped the puck out of the Detroit zone, Jiri Hudler carried it down the right wing and into the St. Louis end. Hudler centered the puck to Helm, who swatted it past goalie Jaroslav Halak to give the Red Wings the win at 1:51 of the overtime period.

Patrick Eaves had opened the game's scoring with 7:35 left in the first. Eaves forced a turnover in the right wing corner and then went to the front of the net, taking a pass from Henrik Zetterberg and banging home the puck.

At 7:34 of the second, Todd Bertuzzi made it 2-0 when Halak tracked Valtteri Filppula's wraparound attempt, not noticing that the puck was left for Bertuzzi at the side of the goal. Bertuzzi roofed a shot with Halak looking the other way.

Jakub Kindl's first NHL goal made it 3-0 2:16 later. Kindl joined Filppula and Hudler as the late man on a rush, getting the puck from Filppula and trying to work it to Hudler at the side of the net. The attempted pass deflected off of defenseman Roman Polak and past Halak.

TJ Oshie got the Blues on the board with 8:16 left in the middle period. Oshie put a shot from the left faceoff circle over Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard's shoulder.

Patrick Berglund was left uncovered in the slot at 6:35 of the third period, open to take a pass from Vladimir Sobotka and snap a shot past Howard, pulling St. Louis to within a goal.

David Backes tied the game with 5:46 remaining, banging home the rebound of a Brad Boyes chance.

Neither team scored a power play goal on the night. The Blues had two attempts with the extra attacker to Detroit's one.

Howard made 26 saves on 29 shots in his first game back after missing two with a bruised knee. Halak stopped 25 of 29 shots.

The Red Wings host the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday afternoon and then are off until Wednesday when they host the New Jersey Devils.

Notes: Detroit announced the signing of free agent goaltender Evgeni Nabokov immediately after the game. Nabokov will have to clear waivers before joining the team but is not expected to do so.

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Oh, yeah, there's a game tonight.

Distracted by all of the talk of Evgeni Nabokov maybe/probably signing with the Red Wings only to possibly/probably be claimed by someone else it's easy to forget that the team is in St. Louis to take on the Blues.

Jimmy Howard gets the start (meaning the Nabokov talk is not driven by an injury to him). Joey MacDonald will back up. The rest of the Detroit lineup remains the same.

That's all I've got.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/20/2011 at 6:30 PM


Early injury scare to Kronwall. 'Cause that's exactly what they need. Damn.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/20/2011 at 8:13 PM


Agreed with Mick, that's a bad call against the Blues.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/20/2011 at 8:17 PM


Patrick Eaves! Great pass and that's why you keep your stick on the ice.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/20/2011 at 8:27 PM


Oh my god, Halak just got faked right the f*ck out. Great job not to blow it by Bert.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/20/2011 at 9:08 PM


Prime with the goal! Deflected in off Polak on the intended pass.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/20/2011 at 9:13 PM


Ahh damn. Blues getting some momentum

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/20/2011 at 9:19 PM


Nice passing. Berglund probably shouldn't have been that open. Ugh.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/20/2011 at 9:57 PM


Puck bouncing all over, hard for me to play the rebound control card but...

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/20/2011 at 10:12 PM


I had a feeling a tie was going to happen sometime, but I didn't want to jinx it so I kept my mouth shut and now I'm feeling horribly guilty. I hate how superstitious hockey fools me into being.


At least all this Nabokov talk is exciting. As much as I love him, I don't see it as very practical but then again I haven't paid a lot of attention to hockey this season so my opinion is not that good.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 1/20/2011 at 10:16 PM


This is some bullsh*t!

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/20/2011 at 10:23 PM


A bedazzling early birthday present for Darren Helm.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 1/20/2011 at 10:26 PM


Howie is coming too far out of the net. Good thing Helm ended the madness!

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/20/2011 at 10:26 PM


Helm with the GWG, fantastic pass from Hudler. Wow.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/20/2011 at 10:27 PM


Followed by news on Nabakov...

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/20/2011 at 10:27 PM

Darren Helm

Darren Helm
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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