Jimmy Howard insisted there wasn't any personal motivation.

Howard's job Friday was to be a little better than arguably the best goalie in the NHL thus far this season, a tall task indeed.

But Howard, as he's done all season, stopped plenty of pucks himself.

Howard stopped 24 shots as the Red Wings defeated the Edmonton Oilers and star goalie Nikolai Khabibulin, 3-0.

"I just know you have to play well at the other end because he's in a definite zone," said Howard, who earned his third shutout. "You have to rise to the challenge."

Khabibulin had great moments, too, while stopping 27 shots. But Howard and the Wings continued their recent hot streak, earning a third straight victory after ending a six-game winless streak.

"We knew we were going to work our way through it, it was just a matter of time," Howard said. "Pucks were going to go in for us. Now we have to take full advantage."