Pittsburgh took the lead but four answered goals from the Red Wings, including a P Mahovlich (4) hat trick, turned the game around. The Penguins had three goalscorers with McDonald (5), Bathgate (4) and Stratton (6) getting on the board.
Toronto fell again but still lead the NHL; Pulford (4) and Armstrong (4) scoring for the Maple Leafs. The Kings won for the first time in eight games with their leading goalscorer Labossiere (6) getting them started and Flett (5) scoring the game winning goal; Joyal (5) becomes the first player in LA to reach ten points.
PIT Binkley (3-2-3 .909) 35/41, Powerplay 0/8
DET Edwards (2-5-1 .873) 27/30, Powerplay 1/3
TOR Gamble (4-3-0 .915) 36/39, Powerplay 0/2
LAK Rutledge (4-4-1 .891) 24/26, Powerplay 2/5
|Toronto Maple Leafs||14||8||5||1||17|
|Detroit Red Wings||13||6||6||1||13|
|New York Rangers||12||6||6||0||12|
|Minnesota North Stars||11||5||2||4||14|
|St Louis Blues||11||3||4||4||10|
|Los Angeles Kings||14||4||8||2||10|