He now has fifty-one points this season and Gilbert's (21) goal and two assists today helped the Rangers to their first win in seven as he and Hadfield (13), who also had a multi-point game, gave New York a 3-0 lead in the second period. Henry (5) and Nevin (18) added later goals after Detroit, losing their second game in the last four, came back through Prentice (15), Howe (29) and F Smith (25).
Pittsburgh are once again tied with Los Angeles for that final playoff spot in the West as they lose for the fourth time in six games, only Dea (8) scoring at 10:43 of the third period for the Penguins at 10:43 of the final period to avoid the shutout. The Kings held a 5-0 lead until that part with two goals from Irvine (9), a goal and assist from B Smith (14) with White (7) adding to H Hughes' (5) game winner to give LA their first back-to-back in ten games.
NYR Giacomin (16-23-6 .888) 22/25, Powerplay 0/0
DET Edwards (10-18-4 .892) 32/37, Powerplay 0/0
PIT Binkley (10-14-7 .910) 32/37, Powerplay 0/0
LAK Sawchuk (5-11-4 .892) 20/21, Powerplay 1/2
|Toronto Maple Leafs||51||28||18||5||61|
|Detroit Red Wings||52||25||22||5||55|
|New York Rangers||51||19||23||9||47|
|St Louis Blues||50||23||18||9||55|
|Minnesota North Stars||51||19||21||11||49|
|Los Angeles Kings||53||19||27||7||45|