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Red Wings rally to top Rangers; Babcock wins 500th

by Paul Harris

DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings got off to rough start, but their ending more than made up for it.

Darren Helm's goal in the third period broke a tie and gave Detroit a 3-2 come-from-behind win against the New York Rangers on Saturday at Joe Louis Arena.

It was Red Wing coach Mike Babcock's 500th career win, tying him with Toe Blake for 18th all-time.

"The two points tonight means way more," Babcock said. "I thought that was a real gutty win."

The Red Wings, who broke a five-game losing streak to the Rangers, trailed 2-0 in the second period before Riley Sheahan and Luke Glendening scored 1:01 apart to tie it.

"We didn't have a great first period but we came out in the second and put ourselves in position for the third," Glendening said.

Jimmy Howard made 27 saves to earn the win.

"Obviously that wasn't the start we wanted, but we did a great job of battling back," Howard said.

Kevin Klein and Rick Nash scored for New York, which got 31 saves from Cam Talbot.

"There's always something that happens during the game when we lose the lead," Rangers center Derick Brassard said. "Just make a little mistake and the puck ends up in our net."

Helm scored the winning goal at 7:40 of the third period. His fifth goal came on a wrist shot from the left circle off the rush. It was Helm's third goal in two games.

Tomas Tatar's pass went to Helm off Brassard's skate.

"It kind of deflected off my skate. Couldn't help that it went right to him for a breakaway," Brassard said. "Kind of a broken play, kind of lucky. It is what it is."

Detroit killed off two 5-on-3 New York power plays in the third period. First, the Red Wings stifled the Rangers on a 47-second 5-on-3 disadvantage, allowing no shots. Then Detroit killed a 1:49 two-man disadvantage that ended with a little more than five minutes left in the game.

"The third-period penalty kill was pretty cool. It was big for our team," said Glendening, one of the Red Wings penalty-killers. "It's huge, and we needed that tonight. A lot of times our power play has been saving us, so it was nice to see us get back on track with the penalty kill."

St. Louis and Brassard each hit the post for the Rangers during the second 5-on-3. St. Louis' shot hit Howard's glove first.

"You're on the road, you know they're going to make a push," St. Louis said. "… We got the 5-on-3s, just couldn't get it done. We took shots, couldn't score. Couldn't get it done."

Sheahan put Detroit on the scoreboard with 5:46 left in the second period. He whipped a spin-a-round backhand shot past Talbot from the slot for his sixth goal. Stephen Weiss passed the puck to Sheahan from the left corner.

The goal ended Talbot's shutout streak at 159:48.

Glendening tied it 2-2 with his third goal. He poked a loose puck into an empty net from about two feet off a goal-mouth scramble, which was set up by Drew Miller's drive to the net off a rush down the right wing.

"Two lazy backchecks from our forwards," New York coach Alain Vigneault said. "… In the second period, something that's not characteristic of this group of forwards, two lazy backchecks."

Howard stopped Nash from below the left circle with less than a minute remaining in the second and the Rangers on a power play.

Klein opened the scoring 9:31 into the game when he backhanded in a loose puck from in front of Howard on his second shot attempt. It was his fifth goal.

Nash made it 2-0 with 5:12 left in the first period when he scored on a breakaway. He took a pass from Brassard in the neutral zone, then beat Howard with a shot stick side.

Nash's 17th goal extended his point streak to seven games (five goals, three assists). It came less than 45 seconds after Talbot made an outstanding right-pad save on Pavel Datsyuk from just outside the crease.

Howard made a big save on Dominic Moore's shot from the slot with a little more than 30 seconds remaining in the opening period.

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