Holy Helm!

The Detroit Red Wings fired 16 shots last night, the lowest total of the season. They were a bit lackluster and the Los Angeles Kings dominated most of the game. The end result? 4-3 Detroit on two last second goals by Valtteri Filppula and Darren Helm.

LA opened the scoring when Jeff Carter slid a rebound through Joey MacDonald. Henrik Zetterberg, who has been day to day with an injury, scored twice, one on a nice one timer from Filppula and the other on a drop pass from Flip. Justin Williams scored from an awful angle to make the score 2-2 after two periods.

The Kings got a goal from Dwight King with uner six minutes left and it looked like doomsday for Detroit. Against a goalie like Jonathan Quick and missing key components in Nick Lidstrom, Pavel Datsyuk and Jimmy Howard, there should have been no way they won the game in regulation, but they managed.

Zetterberg found a streaking Brendan Smith in the slot, who lured both Kings defenceman over before sliding a perfect feed to Filppula to tie the game with three minutes left. Helm would score with a minute left when Johan Franzen found him in the slot for a tap in. Rookie Gustav Nyquist picked up an assist.

MacDonald played a good game other than a few goals ad gave the beat up Wings a chance to win. They made their shots count, scoring on 25% of them, making Quick look like Tim Chevaldae.

The Red Wings broke a two game losing streak, and will play Nashville tonight in the Music City.

The Checking Line - Red Wings Edition


Kyle Busch