Jimmy Howard's name isn't on the NHL All-Star ballot. That didn't prevent him from shining against the Edmonton Oilers on Friday night.
Howard had a 24-save shutout to help the Detroit Red Wings beat the Oilers 3-0.
He insisted that being snubbed on the ballot, that lists 18 other goalies, doesn't motivate him.
''It doesn't bother me one bit,'' Howard said.
Drew Miller, Niklas Kronwall and Valtteri Filppula scored for the Red Wings, who have won three straight after a six-game losing streak.
''We're getting closer to playing the way we want to play,'' Kronwall said. ''We're still not taking advantage of power plays. We had a chance to break the game open earlier than we did.''
Howard did his part - as usual.
He has two shutouts in a week and three this season, tying him for the NHL lead with Nashville's Pekka Rinne and Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings.
''Jimmy has been playing great all year,'' Kronwall said. ''Even when we were slumping, he was playing great and givi...