Giacomin looked out of sorts from the start as his Rangers side are held at bay by G Gardner for his first Detroit shutout. MacGregor (7) and G Jarrett (15) both score a pair and, along ith P Mahovlich (7), made the Red Wings the first team to score one hundred goals this season.
Fonteyne (5) and K McCreary (8) put Pittsburgh into the lead twice but Minnesota remain unbeaten in three straight thanks to two goals from Goldsworthy (9) and three-point game from Boudrias (9). Chicago have just one win in eleven after Worsley earned his third shutout of the year for Montreal to put the Canadians 8-2-2 in their last twelve; Harper (3), Ferguson (7) and Cournoyer (10) with the goals.
Sabourin's (11) game tying goal on the powerplay earned St Louis a point but they are winless in three straight, and Oakland go unbeaten back-to-back for just the third time this year, R Harris (2) also scoring with the man advantage.
The Maple Leafs pull within two points of Boston by defeating the Bruins, their second back-to-back loss of the year. Toronto's Armstrong (8) and Boston's Esposito (14) both score twice with a shorthanded goal each.
NYR Giacomin (8-12-2 .879) 28/33, Powerplay 0/4
DET G Gardner (3-0-0 .933) 31/31, Powerplay 0/0
PIT Binkley (6-6-4 .909) 32/37, Powerplay 1/2
MIN Maniago (7-4-7 .909) 27/29, Powerplay 0/0
CHI D Dryden (1-7-1 .868) 25/28, Powerplay 0/3
MON Worsley (6-5-2 .906) 17/17, Powerplay 0/0
StL Martin (4-3-2 .900) 27/28, Powerplay 1/5
OAK Hodge (7-9-4 .906) 25/26, Powerplay 1/6
BOS Cheevers (9-5-2 .886) 32/37, Powerplay 0/4
TOR Bower (7-5-2 .912) 25/27, Powerplay 1/8
|Toronto Maple Leafs||25||12||9||4||28|
|Detroit Red Wings||26||12||11||3||27|
|New York Rangers||24||10||12||3||23|
|Minnesota North Stars||24||9||6||9||27|
|St Louis Blues||24||10||9||5||25|
|Los Angeles Kings||25||8||14||3||19|