Chicago's second win in three games, this one in Boston, is thanks in part to R Hull's (15) two third period goals, one the game winner, to go with his earlier pair of assists. Martin (10), Stapleton (4) and W Maki (6) also scoring for the Blackhawks; Green (3) and McKenzie (11) had the Bruins tied at 2-2 early in the final frame but now have two wins in their last six.
A goal from Cullen (11) and two from the in-form Connelly (24) were not enough to avoid a fourth defeat in six games for Minnesota as the New York Rangers extend their unbeaten run to five. Nevin (14), Howell (4) and a pair from Ratelle (11), with three helpers from Gilbert, sealed the win on home ice.
Oakland end their five game losing streak through Popein (3), Burns (8) and a two-point game from R Harris (3). On the other side Philadelphia remain top of the West but have just two wins in their last nine, Dillabough (2) the only goalscorer today.
Los Angeles suffer their first loss in seven matches as St Louis earn a fourth victory in their last eight. Robinson (6) gave the visitors the lead on the powerplay before Roberts (11) and a game winner on the powerplay from Melnyk (9) 18:44 in the third won it for the Blues.
Two first period goals against Montreal, Stemkowski (4) just fifty-two seconds in and Keon twenty from the intermission, helped Bower pick up his third shutout for the Maple Leafs this season to move them back on top of the East with an eighth win in eleven.
CHI DeJordy (10-9-4 .887) 32/34, Powerplay 1/1
BOS Cheevers (11-7-3 .884) 28/33, Powerplay 0/0
MIN Maniago (9-8-7 .907) 27/31, Powerplay 0/3
NYR Giacomin (11-14-3 .885) 19/22, Powerplay 0/0
OAK Hodge (8-14-4 .897) 20/21, Powerplay 0/0
PIT Bassen (2-7-2 .893) 25/28, Powerplay 0/1
LAK Rutledge (11-10-3 .893) 19/21, Powerplay 1/6
StL Hall (9-9-4 .890) 15/16, Powerplay 1/4
MON Worsley (8-8-3 .906) 22/24, Powerplay 0/0
TOR Bower (11-6-2 .914) 16/16, Powerplay 0/3
|Toronto Maple Leafs||33||18||11||4||40|
|Detroit Red Wings||32||15||14||3||33|
|New York Rangers||33||13||14||6||32|
|Minnesota North Stars||32||13||10||9||35|
|St Louis Blues||33||14||12||7||35|
|Los Angeles Kings||34||12||17||5||29|