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The Daily: Former Red Wing Helm Gets It Done in Stanley Cup Final

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Darren Helm has scored in all three of his Stanley Cup Final appearances

Darren Helm is one of the few NHL players who had to learn how to be a NHL playoff performer before he learned the ins and outs of being an NHL regular.

In 2007-08, the Red Wings called him up from Grand Rapids for the first time and he played seven regular-season games. But he played 18 games in the postseason and helped the Red Wings win the Stanley Cup. He scored in his first Stanley Cup Final. Helm also scored in the 2009 Stanley Cup Final when the Red Wings lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Thirteen years later, Helm is back in the Stanley Cup Final for the Colorado Avalanche. Of course, he scored a goal in Colorado’s 7-0 rout over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 2.

Three Stanley Cup Final appearances. He has scored in all of them. That’s why Helm is such a respected role player.

Helm’s Game 2 goal came 4,762 days after his last Stanley Cup final goal for the Wings in Game 4 of the 2009 final against Pittsburgh.

“Helmer is a beast,” Colorado defenseman Cale Makar said. “He has such a drive. He works so hard, both on and off the ice. He has been so good to us all year, and especially in the playoffs and has such an important role in the team. He’s been incredible.”

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