Helm knocked out of Game 1 with injury

Helm knocked out of Game 1 with injury

Published Apr. 11, 2012 9:17 p.m. ET

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Detroit center Darren Helm was cut on the right
arm in the first period against Nashville on Thursday night, and didn't
return the Red Wings' 3-2 loss in Game 1 of the first-round playoff

Helm played 3:08 in the first period
with six shifts before tossing his glove to the ice and speeding to the
locker room during a penalty kill against Nashville.


Detroit coach Mike Babcock said Helm was taken to a hospital for surgery.

The center missed the final 10 games of
the regular season after spraining the medial collateral ligament in his
left knee March 17 in a collision with San Jose's Dominic Moore. Helm
had nine goals and 17 assists in 69 games this season.

Nashville scratched defenseman Hal Gill
against Detroit because of a lower-body injury. Gill blocked a shot by
Sheldon Souray of Dallas last week.