Throngs of reporters crowded around Tomas Holmstrom and Nicklas Lidstrom for the obligatory questions about retirement Tuesday, when Jimmy Howard entered the dressing room and squeezed nearly unnoticed onto the stool at his stall.

After a brisk skate and taking some shots, he started peeling off his equipment.

Howard is still working and enjoying it, as he and Justin Abdelkader head to Finland and Sweden for the World Championships, May 4-20.

"Yeah, I'm excited; it's for my country," Howard said. "It's been a while since I've been able to do that, so I'm looking forward to it."