Mohns (4) opened up the scoring at 4:06 but it's not enough to stop Chicago going winless in four straight as McMahon (4) first tied up the game and then won it with 1:16 left to play, Marcetta (1) adding an empty netter twenty-three seconds later, to give Minnesota their first win after an 0-2-5 run.
Someone finally stops Boston, their first defeat in thirteen games, even after the Bruins took a 2-0 lead through Hodge (12) and Esposito (11). Montreal roared back with a hat trick from Lamaire (8) including his third game winner of the year moving the Canadians up from 6th to 4th in the East.
Fonetyne's (4) powerplay goal at 17:52 in the third period robbed Oakland of the shutout but the Seals take their first win in seven against Pittsburgh with two goals from B Harris (5) along with tallies from R Harris (1) and the game winner from T Hampson (2); Ehman and Burns grabbed a pair of assists.
The other team from Pennsylvania were shutout, Hall earning the first ever for St Louis to give them a sixth victory in their last nine outings, tying on points with Philadelphia's and ending their win streak at four. St Marseille's (6) opener at 15:35 in the first was also the game winner with W Rivers (1) and B McCreary (7) also on the scoresheet.
Detroit suffer back-to-back losses after their 5-0-1 run as only Henderson (3) was able to score against the Maple Leafs who enjoy back-to-back wins after going 0-5-2. Keon (4) scored twice including the game winner and Walton (14) had a two point night.
CHI DeJordy (6-3-4 .884) 33/35, Powerplay 0/1
MIN Bauman (3-1-0 .908) 35/36, Powerplay 0/7
BOS Cheevers (9-2-2 .893) 32/37, Powerplay 0/4
MON Vachon (4-4-1 .894) 27/30, Powerplay 1/2
PIT Binkley (4-5-4 .908) 39/44, Powerplay 1/3
OAK Hodge (6-8-2 .902) 20/21, Powerplay 0/0
PHI Favell (4-2-0 .905) 20/23, Powerplay 0/5
StL Hall (5-5-3 .892) 18/18, Powerplay 1/3
DET Edwards (3-7-2 .878) 41/45, Powerplay 0/4
TOR Bower (5-3-2 .917) 23/24, Powerplay 0/0
|Toronto Maple Leafs||20||10||7||3||23|
|Detroit Red Wings||19||9||8||2||20|
|New York Rangers||18||7||8||3||17|
|St Louis Blues||18||8||6||4||20|
|Minnesota North Stars||17||6||4||7||19|
|Los Angeles Kings||19||6||10||3||15|