Howard stopped all 29 shots he faced through regulation and overtime. Bobrovsky was perfect on thirty Detroit chances prior to the shootout.
Looking to shake their shootout bad luck, the Red Wings opted to have Columbus go first in the tiebreaker, and the gambit paid off in the first round with Howard stopping Cam Atkinson and Pavel Datsyuk beating his countryman Bobrovsky.
Ryan Johansen beat Howard in the second round while Gustav Nyquist rang a shot off the crossbar.
The Red Wings are now 1-6 on the season in the shootout, with their only win coming against the hapless New Jersey Devils.
Detroit is back in action on Friday when they host the New York Islanders.
The Red Wings were without forward Johan Franzen (illness)… Justin Abdelkader and Danny DeKeyser returned from injury for Detroit… Brian Lashoff and Jakub Kindl were healthy scratches.