Mike Babcock wins 500th game as Red Wings rally past Rangers
Detroit coach Mike Babcock has won a Cup, been a Jack Adams finalist and more.
On Saturday, he added another milestone moment to his coaching career.
With a 3-2 victory over the Rangers, Babcock reached 500 wins, making him the second fastest to reach the milestone in NHL history. He pulled off the feat in 895 games over 12 seasons between Anaheim and Detroit.
The Red Wings fired back in the second period, scoring twice in 61 seconds. Riley Sheahan got the Wings on the board with a spinning, behind-the-back goal with some nifty passing from Johan Franzen and Stephen Weiss. Luke Glendening then cashed in one a rebound chance in front of the net to tie it at two.
Darren Helm would provided the game-winner about midway through the third period.
Babcock, who is the longest tenured coach with 10 seasons in Detroit, is the sixth winningest active coach in the NHL. The 500th win also put him in a tie with Toe Blake for 18th in all-time wins, just one back of Pat Burns' career total. Babcock's winning percentage is also fifth-best among active coaches.
Babcock has taken the team he's coached to the playoffs every year except in 2003-04 with the Ducks. He's won five division championships, reached the conference finals or the Stanley Cup Finals four times and won it all in 2007-08 with the Wings.