Wings’ Helm fined $5,000 for retaliation slash
Darren Helm, who slashed Calgary’s Elias Lindholm, was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct before being fined $5,000.
The Red Wings’ Darren Helm was fined $5,000 for slashing the Calgary Flames’ Elias Lindholm in the back of the leg in the third period of Detroit’s 5-1 loss to Calgary on Thursday night in Calgary, the NHL announced.
The fine is the maximum allowed by the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the league and the NHL Players Association
Early in the period, just after the Flames had gone up 4-1, Lindholm appeared to elbow Helm in the head, which was not detected by the referees. In retaliation, Helm gave Lindholm a two-handed slash to the back of his leg.
Helm was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct for the slash. Lindholm had to be helped off the ice and to the dressing room.
He did not return.
"Their guy comes with an elbow that should've probably been called right away, and Darren reacts to it as most guys would," Detroit coach Jeff Blashill told the Canadian Press after the game. "We've got to be more disciplined in those situations, but he slashed him. I didn't think the slash was that super hard, but it sure looked hard the way he went down."