Cullen's (17) goal was not enough to spark a comeback leaving the North Stars with a sixth defeat in eight games, but Boston return to the top of the NHL by hitting the fifty point mark on the back of their fourth win in five. Stanfield (15), Esposito's (18) game winner, and Shack (8) all get on the board for the
There is also a change at the summit of the West Division as St Louis win for the first time in four games to move to the top of their conference. Crisp (5), W Rivers's (3) game winner and Ecclestone (5) get it done at their end while Hall only concedes a single goal against Chicago; R Hull (21) scoring unassisted at 19:58 of the second period for the Blackhawks' second loss in eight.
The Flyers lose their place at the top of the West thanks to a third loss in a row, their fourth in the last five games. Dornhoefer (11) scored twice and added an assist and Angotti (8) had a two point night as Philadelphia fell short in Oakland. The Seals enjoy a second win in five games, but this is just their fourth victory in their last twenty outings. B Harris (12) scored twice, including his teams one-hundredth goal of the season as the game winner, with Swarbrick (8) and another pair from Boyer (6) grabbing the other scores.
MIN Maniago (10-12-7 .904) 21/24, Powerplay 0/0
BOS Johnston (9-3-3 .883) 24/25, Powerplay 2/2
StL Hall (12-9-6 .897) 26/27, Powerplay 1/4
CHI D Dryden (3-10-1, .885) 24/27, Powerplay 0/1
PHI Parent (12-11-3 .895) 26/30, Powerplay 2/8
OAK Hodge (10-17-5 .894) 30/33, Powerplay 2/4
|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||41||18||14||9||45|
|Minnesota North Stars||39||15||15||9||39|
|Los Angeles Kings||41||15||21||5||35|