Two goals from Lacroix (3) including the game winner helped Philadelphia on their way to their first win in four games; LaForge (4), Sutherland (11) and Hoekstra (8) also contributing. On the flip side of this result the Kings have just one victory in five, Gray (5), Flett (15) and R Lemieux (4) falling short.
Boston return to the top of the East with a third win in five with Green's (4) shorthanded and Orr's (6) powerplay goals winning the special teams war. Esposito (15) added an empty netter after a pair from Stanfield (12). The North Stars have lost five of their last six but a three point night from P MacDonald (13) and a goal from Boudrias (12) brought Minnesota back from 0-3 down in the second period.
Two goals each from Rousseau (6), Backstrom (9) and Corunoyer (14), with T Harris and Savard earning four and three assists each, helped put Montreal joint-second in the East with a fourth win in five games. Oakland have seven losses in nine now but Cahan and K Douglas both hit five goals on the year.
New York's undefeated run ends at five games, Goyette (9) scoring the only Rangers goal, as Chicago enjoy a third win in four thanks to Mikita (22), R Hull (16) and Schmautz (4).
Detroit's hit their longest unbeaten streak of the year with a fourth without loss; D Roberts (4), Howe's (18) powerplay game winner and T Hampson's (3) empty netter doing the job. Pittsburgh continue to suffer of late with four games in a row without a win and just a pair of victories in their last eleven; Bathgate (14) avoiding the shutout.
It's three losses in four for the Maple Leafs as they blew a lead in the third period, Pappin (3) and Armstrong scoring the games first and last goals. St Louis are three without defeat, Cameron (4), B McCreary (15) and Keenan (5) with an empty net game winner at 19:06 the goalscorers.
PHI Parent (12-8-2 .898) 28/31, Powerplay 0/3
LAK Rutledge (11-11-3 .892)32/37, Powerplay 0/0
BOS Johnston (7-3-2 .870) 18/21, Powerplay 1/8
MIN Maniago (9-9-7 .908) 45/49, Powerplay 1/8
OAK Hodge (8-15-4 .894) 35/42, Powerplay 0/0
MON Vachon (9-6-1 .898) 18/20, Powerplay 3/9
CHI D Dryden (3-8-1 .883) 30/31, Powerplay 0/2
NYR Giacomin (11-15-3 .886) 28/30, Powerplay 0/0
DET Crozier (7-2-1 .915) 31/32, Powerplay 1/8
PIT Binkley (8-8-6 .914) 29/31, Powerplay 0/0
StL Martin (6-3-3 .905) 30/32, Powerplay 1/8
TOR Bower (11-7-2 .914) 27/30, Powerplay 1/4
|Toronto Maple Leafs||34||18||12||4||40|
|Detroit Red Wings||34||16||14||4||36|
|New York Rangers||34||13||15||6||32|
|St Louis Blues||35||15||12||8||38|
|Minnesota North Stars||34||13||12||9||35|
|Los Angeles Kings||35||12||18||5||29|