The Kings march on with a fifth win in their last eight and they jumped out to a 3-0 lead with goals from B Smith (16), L MacDonald (17) and what proved to be the game winner from Joyal (20). After St Louis got on the board through Keenan (12), L MacDonald (18) notched another in his three-point night to start a second run of three unanswered goals; Gray (8) and Labossiere (16) who also had two assists making it 6-1. The Blues score once more through Schock (8) but their struggles continue with a fourth straight defeat and only one win in seven.
Oakland earn a point for a third straight game with another tie thanks to Swarbrick (13) scoring from Baun and Caron with twenty-one seconds left on the clock, and Minnesota pick up their fourth draw in twelve but have just two wins in that span. Boudrias (22) was setup by Goldwsworthy and P MacDonald at 2:44 of the middle period.
Toronto are tied for second in the East after a back and forth match in New York where Jeffrey (2) put the Rangers on the board first with the man advantage. Oliver (15) and Walton (29) responded either side of the first intermission for the Leafs before Geoffrion (3) scored another powerplay marker for NY. Ellis (21) had his own PP goal but Neilson (9) made sure his Rangers team would share the points again with back-to-back ties.
The Flyers continue to take little advantage of the St Louis Blues troubles of late as they just have two wins in ten games after being shutout by their state rivals. The Pittsburgh Penguins stay one step ahead of the LA Kings by collecting their first three game winning streak in franchise history. The goals were scored by Rivard (4), Stratton (16) and Schinkel (11) with Binkley stopping all thirty shots to earn his third shutout this season.
StL Hall (17-15-7 .893) 40/46, Powerplay 1/5
LAK Rutledge (16-17-4 .894) 25/27, Powerplay 2/4
OAK Hodge (12-24-10 .896) 16/17, Powerplay 0/0
MIN Bauman (6-7-6 .890) 23/24, Powerplay 0/3
TOR Bower (20-11-3 .913) 34/37, Powerplay 1/2
NYR Giacomin (17-26-8 .890) 22/25, Powerplay 2/2
PIT Binkley (14-16-7 .909) 30/30, Powerplay 0/1
PHI Parent (16-18-5 .894) 23/26, Powerplay 0/4
|Toronto Maple Leafs||58||32||20||6||70|
|Detroit Red Wings||59||29||22||8||66|
|New York Rangers||59||22||26||11||55|
|St Louis Blues||58||25||23||10||60|
|Minnesota North Stars||60||21||25||14||56|
|Los Angeles Kings||59||22||29||8||52|