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Red Wings' Darren Helm has hat trick to send Maple Leafs to 8th straight loss

The Detroit Red Wings have stayed in the hunt in the Eastern Conference playoff race despite injuries to key players.The Toronto Maple Leafs are headed in the opposite direction.Darren Helm had a hat trick and the Red Wings handed the Maple Leafs their eighth straight loss with a 4-2 victory on Saturday night."It was the first hat trick I ever had, which is pretty special," Helm said. "Big game to win, too. I was happy to win the game, first off, but the hat trick is a nice thing to take home."The losses are starting to wear on the Maple Leafs."I can't describe it right now," winger Joffrey Lupul said. "This was as close to a do-or-die as you can get. But obviously we're not going to throw out hope until it's mathematically set in stone. But we pretty much had to have this game."This was the first time in franchise history that Toronto went eight straight games without a point since 1996 and the first time it lost eight consecutive in regulation since 1985.On the other hand, Detroit ha...

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