Detroit miss an opportunity to gain a little ground on the top three teams in the East by blowing a two goal lead after the first period against Boston. A pair of powerplay goals from G Jarrett (27), who had a multi-point game, and MacGregor (15) got the Red Wings on top before another man advantage for the home team led to another goal, this time Sather (8) s coring shorthanded to being the Bruins back into it. Detroit restored their two goal advantage through F Smith (16) who had an earlier assist but goals from Hodge (25) and a powerplay game-tying goal at 18:20 in the third from Bucyk (32) leaves both teams taking a point each and extending their unbeaten streaks to six games each.
Montreal creep a point ahead of Boston with their third win in seven with Beliveau (15) scoring in the first period before assisting on the next go-ahead goal by Lamaire (16) which would be the game winner; Ferguson (9) scored an insurance marker later in the third. St Louis have now lost three in a row for the first time since the start of November as only Berenson (13) was able to score for the Blues.
Cullen (28) scored two goals and an assist for Minnesota but his team only managed a tie in Philadelphia who had a goal in each period starting with the game's first from Kennedy (10). Cullen then went to work, assisting on Goegan's (2) game-tying goal before his own tallies to give the Stars a 3-1 lead. Rochefort (17) scored in the second frame and Zeidel (3) the third to share the spoils and both sides have just four wins in their last nineteen games combined.
BOS Cheevers (19-13-5 .895) 25/28, Powerplay 1/4
DET Edwards (12-18-6 .892) 23/26, Powerplay 2/9
StL Martin (8-8-3 .902) 34/37, Powerplay 0/0
MON Vachon (16-7-2 .907) 24/25, Powerplay 0/0
MIN Bauman (6-7-5 .887) 24/27, Powerplay 0/0
PHI Parent (16-17-5 .894) 26/29, Powerplay 0/4
|Toronto Maple Leafs||56||31||20||5||67|
|Detroit Red Wings||58||28||22||8||64|
|New York Rangers||57||22||26||9||53|
|St Louis Blues||57||25||22||10||60|
|Minnesota North Stars||58||21||24||13||55|
|Los Angeles Kings||57||21||28||8||50|