Long-time Detroit Red Wings fans don’t know what to think about the Darren Helm dramatic goal that put the Colorado Avalanche into the Western Conference Final Friday night.
On one hand, they want to be happy for Helm. He played 744 games for the Red Wings. The speedy Helm was a member of the Red Wings’ 2008 Stanley Cup team. Fans respected the energy he brought to every game. It’s not like he wanted to leave Detroit. He just wasn’t part of Detroit’s plans anymore. Fans gave him a nice ovation when he came back this past season.
But the Red Wings-Avalanche rivalry burns deep into older Detroit fans. Did Helm’s big goal have to help Detroit’s most hated rival?
Helm is and always will be a traitor to me.
Good for him and all, but damn. I hate the Avalanche so much.
— Golden Knights Watch (@VGK_Watch) May 28, 2022
That about sums it up, although many fans did express genuine warmth for a player who served the Red Wings well.
In case you missed the goal, Helm scored on a slap shot with under six seconds left in regulation to give the Avalanche a 3-2 win against the St. Louis Blues. It was his first goal of the postseason.That advances them to the Western Conference Final to play the Connor McDavid’s Edmonton Oilers.
— NHL (@NHL) May 28, 2022
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