NHL Video: Watch Darren Helm's Bid for Goal of the Year

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Detroit Red Wings forward Darren Helm scored a highlight-reel goal on Friday evening against the New York Islanders.

Helm was killing a penalty late in the second period when he chased a loose puck down and vaulted himself past defenseman Andrew MacDonald. Helm touched the puck but tripped and spun violently into the ice. The puck and Helm's stick flew into the net, and he went into the corner.

The short-handed goal was Helm's second of the game and was a huge boost as it gave the Red Wings a 2-0 lead at the time. The Red Wings would go on to win 5-0, but it was a big insurance goal late in the second period that took the wind out of the Islanders' sails.

Sometimes it is better to be lucky than good as Helm was in this instance, but so far this season, he has been both lucky and good.

With two goals against the Isles, Helm now has the third-most goals on the Red Wings (seven) and the team's highest mark of 0.54 goals per contest. This is a huge positive for the organization as no one was sure when (or if) Helm would ever be 100 percent on the ice again after he missed all but one game last season.

The Red Wings needed Helm's presence in a big way to start the season. They could not get going offensively and weren't very good defensively as they were trying to improvise at the center position on the bottom two lines.

Helm scored in his first game back from injury on his first shift against the Edmonton Oilers, but there likely were few hockey pundits who would have predicted him to have five goals over any five-game span this season, as Helm has now done.

With Pavel Datsyuk missing time due to concussion-like symptoms, Helm's offensive explosions have been a welcome sight among Red Wings fans.

If Helm can keep up his 31.8 percent shooting percentage (good for 10th in the league) or even stay remotely close to over 20 percent, the Red Wings will be set for secondary scoring and be that much more dangerous when Datsyuk returns to the lineup.

 

All statistics and highlights via NHL.com.

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