Helm’s game-winning goal with 5.6 seconds left ends Blues’ season

Jim Thomas

The Blues had gone the entire season losing three consecutive home games only once. They picked the wrong time to make it twice — the time that ends your season. But that’s what happened Friday at Enterprise Center.

The Colorado Avalanche, Stanley Cup favorites since before the first puck was even dropped in training camp, moved on to the Western Conference finals for the first time since 2002. They turned the lights out on the Blues’ season with a 3-2 victory, thus clinching the second-round playoff series four games to two.

Just when it looked like another overtime was about to take place, unheralded forward Darren Helm, with his first goal of the postseason, scored the game-winner with just 5.6 seconds to play.

“It’s tough, a tough way to end it,” coach Craig Berube said. “That’s the way it goes. Our guys battled hard.”

Colorado thus remains the only team in the playoffs to be unbeaten on the road. The Avs are 5-0, the second-longest road postseason winning streak in franchise history. As for the Blues, they have an entire season to lament the fact that they didn’t win a single home game in the series. Not one.

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