Philadelphia blow a 2-0 lead, Blackburn (4) and Selby (13) with the first of his two goals, as the Blackhawks come back to claim their fifth win in twenty-one attempts. R Hull (13), Mohns (9) and Wharram (10) turning the game on it's head before D Hull (3) scored an all important fourth.
The Blues' unbeaten run ends at five games with Ecclestone (3) the only St Louis player to got on the scoresheet in Los Angeles. As a result the Kings have not lost in five themselves, this their fourth win in that stretch, with goals from Joyel (10), Menard (4), Flett (13) and Wall (2).
A real see-saw game in Montreal saw the Canadians win by the odd goal in seven, ending a two game losing skid. Ehman (7), Hicke (14) and Popein (1), with first points for M Laughton and Szura, brought Oakland back from a 0-2 hole and take the lead after Beliveau (5) and Larose (1) put Montreal up at the first intermission. The game swung back against the Seals in the third period, Provost (3) and Backstrom (6) getting two points each in the final frame.
Boston have a three-game unbeaten run for the first time in thirteen games after losing just three times in seventeen but they threw away a 2-0 lead going into the final period. Krake (4) and Mckenzie's (10) goals in the second period cancelled out by New York's Ratelle (9) on the powerplay and Fleming (8) for the equliser for the Rangers' third three game unbeaten run of the year.
Pittsburgh's Binkley earns his third shutout of the season to hand Minnesota their first back-to-back losses since the start of December, both coming in Pennsylvania in three days. Ingarfield (4) started the scoring with his second game winning goal of the year and he was joined by Stratton (8), Ubriaco (2) and K McCreary (9).
The six game winning run for the Maple Leafs comes to an end at the hands of Detroit despite Oliver (7) opening the scoring. T Hampson (2) nd two goals from Howe (17) changed the momentum and F Smith (9) and Prentice (12) ended up sealing the points; M Pronovost assisted on both Toronto goals, the second from F Mahovlich (12).
PHI Favell (6-4-0 .897) 32/36, Powerplay 0/3
CHI DeJordy (9-8-4 .887) 28/31, Powerplay 0/0
StL Hall (8-8-4 .890) 26/30, Powerplay 0/3
LAK Rutledge (11-9-3 .893) 28/29, Powerplay 1/2
OAK Hodge (7-13-4 .899) 32/36, Powerplay 0/0
MON Worsley (7-7-3 .903) 27/30, Powerplay 0/0
BOS Cheevers (11-6-3 .886) 20/22, Powerplay 0/0
NYR Giacomin (9-14-3 .884) 29/31, Powerplay 1/9
MIN Maniago (8-7-7 .908) 33/37, Powerplay 0/4
PIT Binkley (8-7-5 .912) 20/20, Powerplay 1/4
DET Edwards (5-12-2 .886) 25/27, Powerplay 2/4
TOR Bower (10-6-2 .911) 28/33, Powerplay 0/0
|Toronto Maple Leafs||31||17||10||4||38|
|Detroit Red Wings||31||14||14||3||31|
|New York Rangers||31||11||14||6||28|
|Minnesota North Stars||30||12||9||9||33|
|St Louis Blues||31||13||11||7||33|
|Los Angeles Kings||32||12||16||4||28|