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Detroit's Penalty Kill In The Spotlight And Gordie Howe 56 Years Ago

11/10/2019 at 9:32am EST

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Darren Helm did not want to verbalize what went through his mind, but it was an explicit version of "oh, shoot."

One of the key areas the Detroit Red Wings are focused on as they try to right their season is special teams. Helm is a veteran penalty killer but hadn't been used in that role until the past two games. Their PK ranks 31st in the NHL, but the Wings earned a shot of confidence heading into Sunday’s game against the Vegas Golden Knights after holding off Boston’s top-ranked power play on three of four opportunities.

On the one successful conversion, in the second period, the Bruins scored with four seconds left on the power play to cut their deficit to 3-2. Helm had given his stick to defenseman Patrik Nemeth after Nemeth's was broken, and tried hard to still be effective. Helm batted at the puck with his gloves, careful not to risk being assessed a penalty for closing his hand on the puck.

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Below, Gordie Howe scores goale #545.

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