Helm helps Red Wings edge Dubnyk, Wild in shootout

Dan Myers  - Correspondent | Sunday, 04.05.2015 / 2:46 AM

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Detroit Red Wings forward Darren Helm was caught off guard Saturday as the seventh round of a shootout against the Minnesota Wild went to the eighth.

With a chance to win, Red Wings coach Mike Babcock called Helm's number, and the veteran came through. His backhand-forehand move got Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk on his belly, giving Helm an open net to shoot at, helping Detroit to a 3-2 victory at Xcel Energy Center.

"I wasn't really thinking my number was going to be called quite yet," Helm said. "I thought [Justin Abdelkader] had a chance; he's been pretty hot lately. I thought he could go, a couple other guys, so I was pretty calm. I wasn't thinking about it too much."

Babcock didn't know he was going to go with Helm either. After the first three or four shooters, Babcock went with an unconventional method to decide who jumped over the boards next.

"I just asked (backup goaltender) Pete Mrazek who he thought was any good," Babcock said. "He's the guy who's faced them; I don't face them. [Assistant coach Andrew Brewer] has all the math on everybody, and so we go based on that, but you get to a point and I just ask Mrazek who should shoot."

Helm's shot was ruled no goal on the ice after Dubnyk appeared to make a save with the back of his left pad. But it was determined by video review that the puck had already crossed the goal line.

"Luckily, it went in," Helm said. "It was questionable there for a little bit. I thought it might have [gone in] because I got it past that first pad."

The Red Wings (41-24-13) remain tied with the Boston Bruins for third place in the Atlantic Division; Detroit has played one fewer game.

Detroit and Boston, which defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1 in a shootout Saturday night, are three points ahead of the Ottawa Senators, who won 4-3 in overtime against the Washington Capitals. The teams are also competing for a wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference.

Jimmy Howard made 22 saves through overtime, and then denied six Wild shooters in the tiebreaker for his first win since March 22.

"I just wanted to go out there and give the guys a chance to win and to have fun," Howard said. "That's why we do this; it's fun to us. That's what I tried to get back to."

Minnesota (44-26-8) has lost consecutive games for the first time since Jan. 19 and 20, but the Wild remain four points ahead of the Winnipeg Jets for the first wild card into the playoffs from the Western Conference. The Wild and Jets play Monday in St. Paul.

Minnesota had a chance to clinch a playoff berth with a win and other results.

"Any point you get right now is big," Wild coach Mike Yeo said. "It's not like we were that bad; let's not paint that picture. We played a pretty darn good hockey team tonight and we knew they were going to play their best game."

Zach Parise scored two goals for the Wild, including a between-the-legs redirection for his second goal of the night with 13:27 remaining in the third period to tie the score 2-2.

Parise scored the game's first goal at 14:07 of the first period following a Detroit turnover at its own blue line. His 32 goals lead the Wild.

Detroit tied the score when Riley Sheahan pounced on a rebound and beat Dubnyk at 15:59.

The Red Wings took advantage of their first power play of the night late in the second when Gustav Nyquist fired a shot from a sharp angle over Dubnyk's shoulder at 17:13, giving Detroit a 2-1 lead.

"They were better than us the first two periods, no question," Parise said. "I thought we started to play a little simpler and a little smarter in the third and I thought that's when we started to feel a little better about how we were playing."

Dubnyk made 20 saves.

Minnesota was without captain Mikko Koivu, who was a late scratch with an eye injury. The Wild said Koivu is day-to-day.

"He scratched his cornea, but he should be fine by Monday," Yeo said.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
14:07MIN Zach Parise (31) ASST: Mikael Granlund (29), Jason Pominville (34) 1 - 0 MIN
15:59DET Riley Sheahan (13) ASST: Stephen Weiss (15), Danny DeKeyser (28) 1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
17:13DET PPG - Gustav Nyquist (26) ASST: Henrik Zetterberg (46), Niklas Kronwall (34) 2 - 1 DET
3rd Period
06:33MIN PPG - Zach Parise (32) ASST: Jason Pominville (35), Ryan Suter (35) 2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
1MINZach Parise - Save
2DETPavel Datsyuk - Save
3MINCharlie Coyle - Save
4DETGustav Nyquist - Goal
5MINJason Pominville - Goal
6DETTomas Tatar - Save
7MINThomas Vanek - Goal
8DETRiley Sheahan - Goal
9MINNino Niederreiter - Missed
10DETHenrik Zetterberg - Missed
11MINChris Stewart - Save
12DETStephen Weiss - Save
13MINMikael Granlund - Save
14DETNiklas Kronwall - Save
15MINJustin Fontaine - Save
16DETDarren Helm - Goal
Shootout Summary
RNDMinnesota WildDetroit Red Wings
1Zach ParisePavel Datsyuk
2Charlie CoyleGustav Nyquist
3Jason PominvilleTomas Tatar
4Thomas VanekRiley Sheahan
5Nino NiederreiterHenrik Zetterberg
6Chris StewartStephen Weiss
7Mikael GranlundNiklas Kronwall
8Justin FontaineDarren Helm
Three Stars of the Game
Darren Helm
Darren Helm
G: 0Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 0PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 19:16
Zach Parise
Zach Parise
G: 2Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 21:55
Gustav Nyquist
Gustav Nyquist
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 16:10
Penalty Summary
1st Period
04:27DET Niklas Kronwall  Tripping against  Chris Stewart
2nd Period
06:24DET Niklas Kronwall  Interference against  Chris Stewart
07:36DET Kyle Quincey  Interference against  Jason Pominville
15:22MIN Erik Haula  Holding against  Riley Sheahan
3rd Period
05:59DET Danny DeKeyser  Concealing puck
08:31MIN Justin Fontaine  Holding against  Tomas Tatar
10:25DET Stephen Weiss  Too many men/ice - bench
17:29DET Stephen Weiss  Tripping against  Ryan Suter
OT Period
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/21/6
Faceoff Wins2529
Blocked Shots1220
Penalty Minutes124
2B. SmithD0001018:48
8J. AbdelkaderL00-11016:31
13P. DatsyukC00-13018:30
14G. NyquistR1002016:10
15R. SheahanC1012012:12
18J. AnderssonC0000016:33
20D. MillerL0001014:04
21T. TatarL00-11015:22
27K. QuinceyD0001221:38
28M. ZidlickyD0001018:07
40H. ZetterbergL0101016:56
41L. GlendeningC0001016:21
43D. HelmC0004019:16
52J. EricssonD0000020:15
55N. KronwallD0101424:39
56T. PulkkinenL001009:55
65D. DeKeyserD0101222:48
90S. WeissC0111212:12
35J. Howard2224.91764:09
3C. CoyleC0001013:26
6M. ScandellaD0001020:23
10J. SchroederC000007:36
11Z. PariseL2013021:55
14J. FontaineR00-11216:06
18R. CarterL000109:34
20R. SuterD01-12031:43
21K. BrodziakC00-13014:22
22N. NiederreiterR0003017:31
25J. BrodinD0000025:31
26T. VanekL00-10019:12
29J. PominvilleR0213019:53
39N. ProsserD0000010:34
44C. StewartR0003017:05
46J. SpurgeonD0011020:21
55M. DumbaD0000018:31
56E. HaulaC0001210:35
64M. GranlundC0111021:54
40D. Dubnyk2022.90964:57