The final weekend of the regular season features all twelve teams in action including the Detroit Red Wings who seal their spot in second place in the East with a third win in a row, beating the Rangers in a ten goal match. K Douglas (10) scored the game's opening goal and would go on to nab the game-winner in period two, making the score 6-3 in the process. But the Wings would need Howe's (44) hat-trick to keep their advantage; Delvecchio (26) also scored in his three-point night. For New York they fell short with goals from Nevin (28) and Fleming (14), tying the game at 1-1 and 2-2, and a pair from Hadfield (22) kept the Rangers within two but remain winless in eight.
The Bruinsremain in fourth spot with a sixth straight game without a win and blowing a 4-3 second period lead after Esposito (31) and Westfall (12) gave them a 2-0 lead; Stanfield (22) and Shack (24) giving them leads again. A win tomorrow will see Montreal finish with one-hundred points as they continue to look invincible, extending their unbeaten run to sixteen games. Rousseau's (16) first of two goals and then Ferguson (16) combined to tie the game at 2-2, Lapierriere (10) made it 3-3 and then Cournoyer (36) nailed back-to-back chances, both set up by Duff, to turn the game on it's head.
The Kings and Seals end their regular season in Oakland where a point for Los Angeles keeps things tight in the West as they sit two points above fifth place Minnesota. B Harris (13) and Cahan (10) put Oakland 2-0 to the good with goals either side of the first intermission, but they are winless in seventh, with two wins in their final twenty games, as Irvine (24) and Joyal (28) assisted on each others efforts to earn LA a point.
The penultimate Battle of Pennsylvania took place in Quebec City while the Flyers home continues to undergo repairs. A low-scoring encounter with no powerplays saw it's first goal thirty-one seconds into the second period when Pittsburgh's Bathgate (27) scored from MacNeil and Stratton. Philadelphia tied it up at 7:44 in the third through LaForge (7) unassisted. A fight between Bathgate and Miszuk sixteen seconds after the game-tying goal failed in inspire anymore goalscorers as each side takes away a point. Like Los Angeles the Penguins are two points ahead of the Stars but have just one loss in their last seven; the Flyers have a single defeat in six as they look to hang on to second place.
The reason Philadelphia are looking to settle for second place is because the St Louis Blues clinch the Western Division in a goalfest against a struggling Minnesota team who are 1-2-3 in their last six with just eight wins in the past thirty-three outings. The Blues' second win in seven comes on the back of fifty-two shots as Schock (10) and Sabourin (22) get them out to a 2-0 lead. Cullen (33) scored to make it 2-1 and, after Hucul (3) made it 3-1, pulled the North Stars within one again. But St Louis were taking their best chances through Crisp (15) and two from Keenan (16) before McKenney (11) saw the Blues 7-3 up. Minnesota came back with P MacDonald (22), Goegan (3) and Goldsworthy (17) but, even with Balon and Boudrias hitting fifty points on the season, would ultimately fall short and still have it all to do tomorrow.
The final game today is in Toronto where another Leaf loss, and a run of sixteen games with only three wins, keeps them away from the top two in the East. Chicago's first win in three was all thanks to Pilote who picked up three assists, helping Mikita (40), Wharram (25) and Martin (17) got on the board. Torontowere two goals down heading into the final frame, but F Mahovlich (30) and Ellis (33) brought them level.
NYR Giacomin (21-32-10 .886) 36/42, Powerplay 0/0
DET Crozier (15-4-4 .908) 19/23, Powerplay 1/2
BOS Johnston (14-9-4 .891) 38/43, Powerplay 1/3
MON Vachon (23-7-4 .907) 30/34, Powerplay0/0
LAK Sawchuk (7-15-5 .889) 25/27, Powerplay 0/0
OAK Hodge (13-33-12 .896) 18/20, Powerplay 0/4
PIT Binkley (15-21-9 .903) 28/29, Powerplay 0/0
PHI Favell (11-12-3 .900) 21/22, Powerplay 0/0
MIN Bauman (7-10-6 .887) 45/52, Powerplay 1/2
StL Martin (10-11-4 .900) 26/31, Powerplay 1/2
CHI D Dryden (7-16-1 .885) 26/28, Powerplay 2/10
TOR Bower (22-14-7 .916) 27/30, Powerplay 0/4
|Detroit Red Wings||73||36||24||13||85|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||73||35||26||12||82|
|New York Rangers||73||26||33||14||66|
|St Louis Blues||73||31||31||11||73|
|Los Angeles Kings||74||29||35||10||68|
|Minnesota North Stars||73||24||31||18||66|