New York's third loss in a row comes at a price as the victorious Chicago Blackhawks move above them in the standings. Goyette (11) was the only Ranger able to get on the board as Chiacgo had two goals from D Hull (5), an unassisted powerplay game winner from Mikita (23), and a three point night off Stapleton (6).
Minnesota earn their second win in nine games to end a five game losing skid thanks to a pair from Cullen (14) as he and Goldsworthy (11) gave the North Stars a 2-0 lead just 3:!5 into the match. The Flyers came back through Zeidel (1), his first point of the year, and Sutherladn (15) before the first intermission but Cullen's second of the night was the decider.
The Blues have now gone six games without defeat as Crisp assisted on all three St Louis goals; two from Keenan (8) including the game-tying goal, and one from Ecclestone (4) who also had a multi-point game. The Oakland Seals have just three wins in their last eighteen but they fought back from 0-2 down to 3-2 up courtesy of Hicke (17) and powerplay goals from Odrowski (5) and Brenneman (8).
Montreal have not suffered a loss in six straight games as they share the points with a Pittsburgh Penguin team that has tied four times in the last ten games. The Pens led twice, Dea (8) scoring both goals, but Redmond (5) and Provost (4) kept the Canadians coming back.
After a run of six games without losing the Detroit Red Wings have since lost three in a row. Bergman (10) scored the games' opening goal just fourteen seconds after the puck dropped but the Maple Leafs answered with a goal in each period through Pappin (6), F Mahovlich (13) and Oliver (9); Bergman rounded out the goals for the game late in the third.
NYR Giacomin (12-18-4 .886) 27/30, Powerplay 0/3
CHI DeJordy (13-9-4 .892) 28/30, Powerplay1/7
PHI Parent (12-10-3 .896) 27/30, Powerplay 0/4
MIN Maniago (10-11-7 .905) 23/25, Powerplay 0/8
StL Hall (11-9-6 .895) 22/25, Powerplay 1/5
Hodge (9-17-5 .894) 28/31, Powerplay 2/7
MON Worsley (10-8-4 .908) 17/19, Powerplay 0/6
PIT Binkley (9-8-7 .917) 36/38, Powerplay 0/0
DET Edwards (8-14-3 .891) 28/31, Powerplay 0/0
TOR Bower (12-9-2 .912) 28/30, Powerplay 0/0
|Toronto Maple Leafs||39||20||14||5||45|
|Detroit Red Wings||39||18||17||4||40|
|New York Rangers||39||14||18||7||35|
|St Louis Blues||38||17||12||9||43|
|Minnesota North Stars||37||14||14||9||37|
|Los Angeles Kings||40||14||21||5||33|