New York's first point in seven games comes at the expense of Boston who sit in fourth spot in the East with just one win in their last seven. Goyette (23) scored a hat-trick, starting with a first period penalty shot before he made it 3-2 in the middle frame after Westfall (11) scored two game-tying goals. Esposito (30) earned the Bruins a tie, with Shack collecting his second helper of the day.
With their third win in four Detroit move up into second out East; Ullman (23) scoring a pair with Henderson (16) and Delvecchio (25) nabbing a game-winner and empty-netter respectively. Chicago meanwhile limp towards home with a second winless game in a row after taking four victories on the bounce. Hawks goals coming from Martin (15) and Mohns (23), giving them a 2-1 advantage at the time before Ullman returned.
The Blues and Flyers remain two points apart after sharing the spoils in their contest, and both teams have two wins in the previous eleven combined. St Marseille (11) started the scoring on the powerplay, but Philadelphia took the lead with two tallies off Kennedy (14). The game, played in Quebec City while the Flyers' home continues to receive repairs, was all squared at 18:26 of the second period when Crisp (14) made good on his chance.
NYR Giacomin (21-31-10 .887) 32/35, Powerplay 0/4
BOS Johnston (14-8-4 .891) 32/35, Powerplay 1/2
CHI DeJordy (24-14-10 .898) 27/30, Powerplay 0/0
DET G Gardner (5-1-0 .927) 25/27, Powerplay 0/0
StL Martin (9-11-4 .902) 28/30, Powerplay 1/4
PHI Parent (19-21-7 .898) 26/28, Powerplay 1/4
|Detroit Red Wings||72||35||24||13||83|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||72||35||25||12||82|
|New York Rangers||72||26||32||14||66|
|St Louis Blues||72||30||31||11||71|
|Los Angeles Kings||73||29||35||9||67|
|Minnesota North Stars||72||24||30||18||66|