Detroit Red Wings forward Darren Helm was ejected from Thursday’s game against the Calgary Flames after slashing Elias Lindholm in the back of the leg during play.
The incident occurred after the two players collided in the Flames’ defensive zone during the third period.
A longer replay shows Helm circle back around to confront Lindholm after the Flame hit him with an elbow or shoulder to the head, knocking Helm to the ground.
When Helm got back on his skates, he glided toward Lindholm — not anywhere near the puck — and slashed No. 28 in the back of his right leg. Play ceased as Lindholm fell to the ice and referees and players alike converged in front of the Calgary net.
The slash earned Helm, 32, a two-minute minor for slashing and a game misconduct, which prevented him from playing in the remainder of the game. Lindholm was also assessed an interference penalty on the play, though it was served by teammate Austin Czarnik as Lindholm left the game with an injury.
Neither player involved incurs trips to the penalty box often — Helm’s 12 penalty minutes received were his first of the season. According to the NHL rulebook, his ejection means the league could tack on an additional fine or suspension for his actions.
There have been no updates given on the status of Lindholm’s injury, as reported by Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun.
Helm and Lindholm each scored goals in the Flames’ 5-1 win over the Red Wings at Scotiabank Saddledome.
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