Three games into his third playoff series, Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard has allowed just two even-strength goals.

Howard has more than held up his end to give the Wings the chance to sweep tonight when they take on Phoenix in Game 4 at Arena. He had his best outing yet in the young series in Monday's 4-2 victory, which saw him face 12 shots in the second period among 30 overall, and only get scored on during power plays.

Of the Coyotes' seven goals, five have come with the man advantage, one of them during a two-man advantage.

"I've felt pretty good," Howard said after Tuesday's practice at the Ice Den. "I'm just trying to give the guys a chance every single night, just being aggressive and trying to also cover up as much as I can, take whistles just to allow us to get fresh guys out on the ice.

"Every game you get a little bit more settled out there. You get more confidence under your belt and you feel better about yourself."

Coach Mike Babcock said the Wings' subpar play in the neutral zone and their own zone Monday forced Howard "to be better than we would have liked him to be." While that will need to be addressed tonight, the skaters like knowing how much they can rely on their man in net.

"They had a push in the second, but Howie did a real good job of keeping his composure and that helps us," Brad Stuart said. "It keeps us from starting to run around and get out of focus when our goalie stands tall for us and makes good saves."