DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings have an important game Tuesday against the Arizona Coyotes in their quest to clinch a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
But forward Darren Helm has a little bit more to think about than a game.
Helm's girlfriend, Devon, gave birth to the couple's first child, a daughter, at 2:15 a.m. Monday. The baby couldn't wait until they arrived at the hospital, so Devon gave birth to baby Rylee Klaire (6 pounds, 10 ounces) in the car.
Helm said mother and baby are fine. He said the baby arrived about seven days and five minutes earlier than expected.
"It was pretty intense," Helm said. "I'm extremely proud of what she did. The courage and the pain that she had to go through is amazing. How she did that, I'm so proud of her, proud of the baby.
"We got to the ER and they kept assuring us that things were going to be OK after they got a good look at the baby and Devon was feeling good. It took us a while to kind of get over what happened, but things are moving along pretty well.
"Couldn't be happier with the way things turned out and we have a pretty funny story now that we think about it."