NHL Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Detroit
(Thursday, December 17th)
Final Score: Detroit 3, Tampa Bay 0
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Jimmy Howard recorded his first career shutout, turning aside 30 shots in all as Detroit won its season-high fourth straight game, 3-0, over the Lightning.
Drew Miller, Todd Bertuzzi and Patrick Eaves each scored for the Red Wings, who added Henrik Zetterberg to their laundry list of injured players after their leading scorer exited early following a hard hit from Mattias Ohlund.
Mike Smith gave up three goals on just 22 shots for Tampa Bay, which has lost six straight on 10 of 11 overall.
"It's beyond embarrassing. Frustrations are setting in (and) it's affecting the way we're playing," Smith said of the losing streak.
The only goal of the first two periods came at the 8:24 mark of the first.
Brian Rafalski's long pass from the Wings' defensive to the offensive zone was knocked down at the blue line by Miller, who controlled the puck and chipped it over a sliding Smith while diving through the air.
It stayed 1-0 through a scoreless second, and a Tampa turnover in its own zone resulted in Bertuzzi's re-direction off a Tomas Holmstrom centering pass.
That goal came at 6:48 of the third, and less than four minutes later, Eaves' tally on a nice deke essentially sealed the game's outcome.
Howard improved to 11-6-1 on the season with 10 saves in each period.
"It's really special. I really can't describe it. I got to credit all the guys out in front of me tonight. They did a great job of clearing out in front and allowing me to see the puck. If there was a rebound, they were right there to clear it," Howard said.
Detroit forward Darren Helm missed the game due to a wrist injury...Tampa Bay is 0-9 with a tie in its last 10 trips to the Motor City....The Lightning did not score on five power-play chances...Rafalski ended with two assists...Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock recorded his 300th win as a head coach.
12/18 03:21:22 ET