The Red Wings ended a five-game winless streak Saturday, beating the Predators 4-0 to earn their first win since Feb. 10.
"I think we've been working hard for a long time, and tonight we were able to capitalize on some of the chances," said Niklas Kronwall, who scored his second of the year and added two assists, giving him 13 points in 18 games.
"Howie, again, came up huge for us," he said. "He made some great saves to keep us in the game."
Drew Miller, Tomas Tatar and Daniel Cleary also scored. Pavel Datsyuk had two assists.
But the best player on the ice was Howard. Busy, facing 33 shots, he played a strong game, keeping the Wings in it even when Nashville dominated play, territorially, at times.
Howard sparkled from the opening moments, including on an early breakaway by Craig Smith. At the 13-minute mark of the first, he also beat Matt Halischuk, alone, at point-blank range.
Late in the game, he made a few strong saves to preserve his first shutout of the season.
"They're throwing a lot of pucks at the net," Howard said. "That's what they do. All four lines funnel, and then they crash the net, and we did a great job of picking up stuff."
Jimmy Howard stars as Red Wings end winless streak
Detroit News | Feb 24