Chicago's ninth win in their last eleven outings comes courtesy of R Hull's (20) two goal night, including his fifth game winner of the season. Mohns (10), Nesterenko (5) and Wharram (14) piled it on to the Red Wings who endure a fourth loss in five games; F Smith (12) their lone scorer and G Gardner picking up his first loss in goal after conceding just six games in first three games.
Minnesota enjoy back-to-back victories after one win in eight previous with Connelly (29) grabbing another pair of goals including the game winner against n Oakland side that has just three wins in nineteen. Swarbrick (7) scored 5:56 into the game, a lead that lasted 1:19 before M Hall (3) tied it up, and then it was the Connelly and Cullen (16) show with the latter scoring two goals and an assist.
McKenzie's (16) second goal of the night came at 19:47 of the final period and places the Boston Bruins, who have three wins out of four, just one point behind the league leading Canadians who suffer their first defeat in eight and just their third loss in twenty home games. H Richard (11) and Rousseau (7) had Montreal in the lead twice in the second period, but Lonsberry (4) and McKenzie tied it up both times.
Multi point games from Henry (4) and Goyette (13), who scored twice, added to Kurrtenback's (4) game winner to end New York's three game losing streak. St Louis are winless in three, goals from Keenan (10) and J Roberts (12) not enough against Rangers' netminder Giacomin who has faced 1009 shots this season, stopping 894 of them.
A third win in four for Toronto keeps them right behind Montreal and Boston in the standings, Horton (3) and Ellis (15) registering two points each, and it's just one win in four for the Penguins as they remain a single point ahead of the LA Kings; Konik's (10) goal avoiding the shutout.
CHI DeJordy (14-9-4 .893) 20/21, Powerplay 0/0
DET G Gardner (3-1-0 .913) 31/36, Powerplay 0/0
OAK G Smith (1-9-1 .886) 36/41, Powerplay 0/0
MIN Bauman 6-3-1 .907) 24/25, Powerplay 0/0
BOS Cheevers (13-10-3 .887) 39/41, Powerplay 1/4
MON Worsley (10-9-4 .909) 36/39, Powerplay 1/4
NYR Giacomin (13-18-4 .886) 16/18, Powerplay 0/0
StL Martin (6-5-3 .900) 27/30, Powerplay 0/2
PIT Bassen (3-9-3 .897) 20/22, Powerplay 0/0
TOR Bower (13-9-2 .913) 16/17, Powerplay 1/8
|Toronto Maple Leafs||41||21||15||5||47|
|Detroit Red Wings||41||19||18||4||42|
|New York Rangers||40||15||18||7||37|
|St Louis Blues||40||17||14||9||43|
|Minnesota North Stars||38||15||14||9||39|
|Los Angeles Kings||41||15||21||5||35|