Duncan Keith scored a power-play goal in the first period for Chicago, and Corey Crawford finished with 29 saves in his fifth start in six games.
Howard, who has started all of Detroit's games so far, made 25 saves.
The Blackhawks started 5-0 in 1971-72 - Hall of Famer Bobby Hull's final season in Chicago - and matched it on Saturday night with a 3-2 win in Columbus.
Pens win in shootout
Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and James Neal scored in the shootout to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 2-1 victory against the host Ottawa Senators.
Neal also scored in regulation to help the Penguins snap a two-game skid.
Colin Greening scored a second-period goal for the Senators (3-2-1), and Jason Spezza and Kyle Turris beat Marc-Andre Fleury in the shootout. But Milan Michalek was stopped with Ottawa's first attempt.
Craig Anderson made 33 saves for the Senators; Fleury stopped 31 shots.
Caps get first win
Alex Ovechkin scored his first goal of the season Sunday, and the Washington Capitals became the last NHL team to get a win, beating the visiting Buffalo Sabres, 3-2.
Joel Ward had a goal and an assist, John Erskine also scored, and Michal Neuvirth made 22 saves for the Capitals, who had opened with four consecutive losses for the first time since the 1993-94 season.
Habs top Devils in OT
Andrei Markov scored 4:22 into overtime on a power play as the host Montreal Canadiens recovered from blowing a two-goal lead to defeat the New Jersey Devils, 4-3.
Brendan Gallagher scored his first NHL goal and linemate Brandon Prust got his first with the Canadiens. Ryan White also scored for Montreal.
The Canadiens took a 3-1 lead early in the third period, but David Clarkson scored on a power play and Dainius Zubrus tied the game at 13:02. Patrick Elias also scored.
Nilstorp on injured list
The Dallas Stars have put backup goalie Cristopher Nilstorp on the injured list and called up Richard Bachman from their minor league affiliate.
The move Sunday came a day after Nilstorp injured a groin in the third period of a 4-3 loss to St. Louis and eventually left the game.
- Associated Press