Nothing stings quite like a 2-handed slash, eh? It’s the divorce papers of stick infractions.
Darren Helm of the Detroit Red Wings is a defensive-minded forward who was a favourite of Mike Babcock’s back when he was still with the Red Wings. But for a man who has never accumulated more than 39 penalty minutes in a single NHL season, Helm went uncharacteristically looking for trouble Thursday night in Calgary, appearing to slew foot Flames winger Elias Lindholm right off the draw, and following that up with a nasty 2-hander after Lindholm retaliated with an elbow to the head.
Check it out:
I found it somewhat annoying that none of the major sports outlets mentioned the slew foot that kicks everything off at the start of the clip. It’s almost as if they’re acting like Lindholm threw the elbow for no apparent reason when he was clearly fired up about Helm’s actions at the faceoff circle. Elbowing someone that isn’t looking for it can be devastating, and Helm’s aggression doesn’t excuse Lindholm from needing to take responsibility for his participation as well.
You hate to see someone get injured in this way, and hopefully, Lindholm isn’t forced to miss any games due to injury. With Helm’s (and Lindholm’s) clean track record I don’t think we see any additional punishment handed down from the game – which Calgary won 5-1 by the way, but if Lindholm is slated to miss significant time, then Helm could find himself benched for a game or two.
What do you think? Who’s in the wrong here?