Instead of joining his Detroit Red Wings teammates for a broom ball tournament today, goalie Jimmy Howard played referee -- the consequence of a broken right index finger.

Howard is out at least the next two games -- Saturday at Edmonton and Monday at Phoenix -- after getting hurt during Thursday's 4-3 shoot-out victory at the Vancouver Canucks.

"I happened about four minutes into the third last night," Howard said today. "Went blocker down, took everything away down low, and when (Maxim) Lapierre spun and shot it, it missed my blocker and caught me right on the finger."

Howard is to be re-evaluated Tuesday, after the Wings return to Detroit.

"Go home and see our doctors there, get their opinion," he said. "But I've played with broken fingers before, so I'm going to fiddle around with my sticks and cut some notches out of them, so, hopefully, I'll be able to hold on to them."

The Wings recalled Joey MacDonald from the minors to serve as Ty Conklin's backup for the rest of the trip. Howard has been a rock for the Wings all season, going 32-11-1 with a .924 save percentage and 2.03 goals-against average.