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Helm, Howard help Red Wings handle Coyotes

by Paul Harris / NHL.com

DETROIT -- Darren Helm had a goal and an assist for the Detroit Red Wings in a 5-1 win against the Arizona Coyotes at Joe Louis Arena on Thursday.

Justin Abdelkader, Niklas Kronwall, Gustav Nyquist and Danny DeKeyser scored for Detroit (14-8-4), which has a point in its past nine games (6-0-3). Pavel Datsyuk had two assists, and Jimmy Howard made 26 saves.

"I thought we did a lot of good things," said Kronwall, who played his 700th NHL game. "We had a lot of energy, we were playing the right way. We just kept coming.

"Let's be honest, we had some puck luck at the same time. We got some timely goals, some bounces, and more bounces than we've had all season long, probably, but we'll take it."

The Red Wings played most of the game with 10 forwards after Drew Miller and Teemu Pulkkinen were injured in the first period and did not return.

Pulkkinen was taken into the boards from behind by Martin Hanzal 6:19 into the game. Miller was woozy and had to be helped off the ice after Klas Dahlbeck's shoulder hit Smith in the head on a check later in the period.

"We're still evaluating both but they both look like they'll be out for a while," Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said.

Jordan Martinook scored for Arizona (13-11-1). Mike Smith stopped 13 of 16 shots before being replaced by Anders Lindback to start the second period; Lindback made 26 saves.

"We were playing well, in the first five minutes, and then we got called for that penalty -- Hanzal's boarding penalty on Pulkkinen -- and they took off from there," Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said.

The Red Wings made it 3-0 with two goals in 18 seconds in the final minute of the first period.

Abdelkader gave them a 1-0 lead with 7:30 left. Below the bottom of the left circle and with his back to the net, Abdelkader picked up a loose puck and backhanded it past Smith. It was Abdelkader's eighth goal, third in two games.

Kronwall made it 2-0 with 42 seconds left when he scored from the slot after a give-and-go with Tomas Tatar. It was Kronwall's second goal.

"[Tatar] made a real nice play back to me there," Kronwall said. "I was just all by myself there in the slot. Just able to hit the net and the puck went in."

Nyquist got his ninth goal when his shot from center ice bounced past Smith with 24 seconds remaining.

"The last minute of the first, that's a real deflator for them," Blashill said. "The emotion of the game gets missed a lot, and I think that's a big moment."

Three goals in a period was a season high for Detroit. Tippett replaced Smith with Lindback to start the second period.

"Just a momentum change. Two goals in the last minute. Just tried to create a momentum change," Tippett said.

Martinook made it 3-1 with a goal 5:52 into the second period. He put in a shot from the left circle for his third goal.

DeKeyser made it 4-1 1:26 later on a one-time slap shot from the right point. It was his second goal.

"We got the 3-1 goal and we felt like we were back in it, but then they got it right back. A tough night," Dahlbeck said.

Helm scored 4:28 into the third period when he intercepted an attempted clear by Lindback and put the puck into the empty net for his first goal.

An apparent goal by Dahlbeck 1:22 into the game was overturned when Blashill challenged that Coyotes defenseman Connor Murphy was offside as Mikkel Boedker carried the puck into the Detroit zone six seconds before the goal.

"If Murphy would [have] had his toe on the ice or dragged his foot, it would have been a good goal," Tippett said. "But he took a stride. It was close but it looked like a good call."

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