It was another rivalry occasion for the second day running as the Original Six compete against each other; the new six doing the same including the Battles of California and Pennsylvania.
It's the first time since November that Boston has managed to go unbeaten in three consecutive games, reaching the milestone today courtesy of Johnston and the Bruins' first shutout of the season. Sather (3), Williams (15) and Green (5) end the Blackhawks' four game winning run.
Two goals from Lapierriere (6) and Cournoyer (17), with one from H Richard (10), gave the Canadians a fifth straight win. Detroit had a 2-0 lead through MacGregor (10) and Howe (23) but were still unable to avoid back-to-back losses this weekend.
Toronto pick up their second win in eight contests with Keon (8) and Pappin (5) enjoying two point nights; Oliver (8) scored an insurance marker with only R Stewart (8) getting on the board for New York who are currently on a 1-3-1 run.
The Kings are once again tied for fourth place in the West thanks to their second win in four games after tasting victory just one time in the previous six. Goals from Robinson (8), L MacDonald (13) and a game winner from Labossiere (10) all came inside the opening 7:32 of the first period. For Oakland it's a tenth loss in twelve with Odrowski (4) and B Harris (10), only the second Seal to hit double figures. finding the net.
Stratton's (11) goal sixty-seven seconds in gave Pittsburgh the lead they held until JC Watson (4), on a two goal one assist night, tied it up at 19:26. After that it was all Flyers with Rochefort (13) grabbing the game winning goal on a powerplay, Hannigan (13), another PP effort, and Kennedy (8) all grabbing goals. Sutherland picked up three assists on Philadelphia's third win in five games.
BOS Johnston (8-3-3 .877) 19/19, Powerplay 0/0
CHI D Dryden (3-9-1 .885) 28/31, Powerplay 0/4
MON Vachon (10-6-1 .900) 26/28, Powerplay 1/1
DET Crozier (7-3-1 .910) 32/37, Powerplay 1/4
TOR Gamble (8-5-3 .920) 27/28, Powerplay 1/6
NYR Giacomin (12-17-4 .886) 26/29, Powerplay 0/0
LAK Sawchuk (3-9-2 .888) 20/22, Powerplay 1/3
OAK Hodge (9-17-4 .893) 19/23, Powerplay 0/4
PIT Bassen (3-8-3 .896) 32/37, Powerplay 0/0
PHI Favell (8-4-1 .903) 18/19, Powerplay 2/9
|Toronto Maple Leafs||38||19||14||5||43|
|Detroit Red Wings||38||18||16||4||40|
|New York Rangers||38||14||17||7||35|
|St Louis Blues||37||17||12||8||42|
|Minnesota North Stars||36||13||14||9||35|
|Los Angeles Kings||40||14||21||5||33|