A timid Toronto team were swept aside in Los Angeles as Rutledge earns his second shutout of the season to give the Kings their third win in a row to move two points ahead of the Penguins in the West. With only eleven Maple Leaf shots through the first forty minutes the Kings took a 2-0 advantage into the final period after goals in each of the first two frames.
All of Rolfe's (3) goals this season have been game winners for Los Angeles and his latest came thirty-five seconds before the first intermission and, after assisting on that goal, Irvine (11) then scored either side of the second break with Flett (20) rounding up the scoring on Joyal's third assist of the night at 19:37 of an end-to-end third frame with the Leafs coming out of their shell. This leaves Toronto three points back of Montreal for top spot in the East.
TOR Gamble (11-8-3 .919) 24/28, Powerplay 0/0
LAK Rutledge (15-16-3 .896) 23/23, Powerplay 0/0
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|Detroit Red Wings||54||27||22||5||59|
|New York Rangers||53||20||24||9||49|
|St Louis Blues||52||24||19||9||57|
|Minnesota North Stars||53||19||22||12||50|
|Los Angeles Kings||54||20||27||7||47|