Originally written on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 11/12/14

UNIONDALE, NY - JANUARY 12: Jimmy Howard #35 of the Detroit Red Wings tends net against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum on January 12, 2010 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
DETROIT This season just keeps getting better for Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard. Before Thursday night's game, Howard learned he had made his first All-Star team. During the game, Howard out-dueled Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith by stopping 25 of 27 shots in regulation and overtime, then made saves on Gilbert Brule, Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Lauri Korpikoski in the shootout to earn a 3-2 victory. Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg scored the shootout goals for the Wings (27-15-1). "In a shootout it's a lot of fun out there," Howard said. "Z's goal was spectacular. Mike played really well at the other end, gave them a good shot to win." It was a night of milestones as Howard won his 100th career NHL game, coach Mike Babcock won his 400th and Danny Cleary recorded his 200th career assist. "It's no different than Howie for wins or Cleary with assists," Babcock said. "They're marks you think about later in life and you look at and can be proud of. It's hard to even coa...
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