This was the final game for both teams before the Olympic break, which could help the Lightning, who are without injured centers Steven Stamkos (broken leg) and Valtteri Filppula (broken ankle). Goalie Ben Bishop, who left Thursday night’s game with Toronto after the second period due to an upper body injury, made 31 saves.
“A win before the break puts everybody in a good mood,” Bishop said.
Howard stopped 24 shots.
NOTES: It was 17 years ago Saturday that Chicago senior adviser Scotty Bowman won his 1,000th NHL regular-season game as a coach when the Red Wings beat Pittsburgh 6-5 in overtime. Bowman, a regular at Lightning home games, had right knee replacement surgery on Jan. 24 and is rehabbing the knee at his Florida home. … Alfredsson has 27 goals and 72 points in 63 games against the Lightning. … Tampa Bay reassigned D Jean-Philippe Cote to Syracuse of the AHL. … Red Wings D Niklas Kronwell was minus-3.