A 3-0 first period lead was enough for Detroit to reach a season best five game unbeaten streak; G Jarrett (26), Howe (32) and Bergman (15) scoring. The Chicago Blackhawks are four matches without a win and slip eight points behind the Red Wings who have a game in hand; Mikita (33) and Wharram (20) both picking up a goal and assist.
Los Angeles are the first team this season to go shorthanded two-hundred times going 74.50% on the penalty kill. Boston did not need the help but they went 3-for-5 with the man advantage against the Kings, Krake (9), Bucyk (7) and Esposito (25), who also had two assists, added to the five other Bruins goals as their team goes four games without defeat. Sanderson (14) tallied twice to give Boston the 2-0 lead with Awrey (3) and Shack (13) scoring either side of the first intermission while Johnston stopped twenty-two shots for his second clean sheet of the campaign.
Dornhoefer (17) had a goal and two fights with New York's A Brown as the Flyers pick up their second win in three; Hoekstra (14) scoring the game winner in the second period. The Rangers halved the deficit in the final frame when D Marshall (8) scored on the powerplay, but it's a third loss in their last four.
DET Edwards (12-18-5 .892) 24/26, Powerplay 1/7
CHI D Dryden (5-14-1 .884) 24/27, Powerplay 0/4
BOS Johnston (11-7-3 .888) 22/22, Powerplay 3/5
LAK Rutledge (15-17-4 .894) 24/30; Sawchuk (6-11-4 .893) 12/14, Powerplay 0/1
PHI Parent (16-17-4 .894) 24/25, Powerplay 0/0
NYR Giacomin (17-26-6 .889) 17/19, Powerplay 1/5
|Toronto Maple Leafs||55||30||20||5||65|
|Detroit Red Wings||57||28||22||7||63|
|New York Rangers||56||21||26||9||51|
|St Louis Blues||55||25||20||10||60|
|Minnesota North Stars||56||21||23||12||54|
|Los Angeles Kings||57||21||28||8||50|