After losing just one of eight matches the Rangers drop a fourth result in their last five after Chicago came back from a 3-1 deficit. The Blackhawks scored in the first through D Jarrett (2) with Neilson (8), Ratelle (15) and Seiling (5) getting on the board for a New York lead 8:42 into the second period. Mohns (11) and Mikita (24) clawed it back before the second interval and turned it right around in the third with a game winner from Wharram (15) and Martin's (11) empty netter for a seventh Blackhawk win in the last nine games.
Detroit have lost five of their last six and only had twelve shots on Worsley as he picked up his sixth clean sheet of the season, sending Montreal back to the top of the league with a 9-2-1 record in their last twelve. Rousseau (8), JC Tremblay (3), Beliveau (8) and a hat trick from Cournoyer (2), including his league leading seventh and eighth powerplay goals of the year, were the goalscorers.
Oakland win back-to-back games for the first time in twenty-eight matches, condemning the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 1-4-0 record in their last five; Konik (11) on the powerplay their only bright spot. Ehman (9), Hicke (18) with an unassisted game winner, T Hampson (3), and Burns (10) scoring for the Seals.
Both Minnesota and St Louis are going through a reversal in fortunes. The North Stars have won three of four after just one victory in eight, and the Blues were unbeaten in five but have a snigle win in their next five outings. Goldsworthy (12) was the spark that Minnesota used after he scored a goal and answered the bell when Bob Plager dropped the gloves when the Stars were 2-1 to the good. Cullen (18), Parise (5), Masterson (13) and Boudrias (13) sharing the wealth for the visitors, with Schock (5) and Sabourin (16) scoring for the home team.
NYR Giacomin (13-19-4 .886) 28/32, Powerplay 1/1
CHI DeJordy (15-9-4 .894) 35/38, Powerplay 1/4
DET Edwards (8-15-3 .890) 38/44, Powerplay 0/0
MON Worsley (11-9-4 .911) 12/12, Powerplay 2/8
PIT Binkley (10-9-7 .917) 30/34, Powerplay 1/3
OAK Hodge (11-17-5 .896) 24/25, Powerplay 0/0
MIN Maniago (11-12-7 .904) 21/23, Powerplay 1/1
StL Hall (12-10-6 .895) 26/31, Powerplay 0/0
|Toronto Maple Leafs||41||21||15||5||47|
|Detroit Red Wings||42||19||19||4||42|
|New York Rangers||41||15||19||7||37|
|St Louis Blues||42||18||15||9||45|
|Minnesota North Stars||40||16||15||9||41|
|Los Angeles Kings||41||15||21||5||35|