The win streak finally ends at ten games but Montreal extend their unbeaten run to fourteen with a tie in Chicago who are undefeated in their last six. Martin (14) scored twice for the Blackhawks, tying the game at 1-1 at bringing them back to 3-2 down on the powerplay after H Richard (16), Savard (4) and Backstrom (21) manafactured a 3-1 lead for the Canadiens. Mohns (22) and Mikita (39) gave Chicago their first lead in the final period, but a last minute equaliser from Duff (27) with fifty-four seconds to play resulted in a share of the points.
Detroit continue their surge up the East Division standings by hammering Boston to take their fifth win in eight games, equaling the Bruins' points total in the process. A Delvecchio (24) hat-trick, a brace from Ullman (21) with an assist, and a goal and two helpers from Howe (41) sealed the big win for Detroit; F Smith (21) scored the game-winner while his team were shorthanded. McKenzie (33) and two from Esposito (29) were all that Boston could muster, leaving them with a single win in six.
After twelve without a win the Maple Leafs make it back-to-back victories, creating a three-way tie for second place in the East after edging the Rangers. Two goals from Conacher (12), both set up by Pulford, were all that Toronto needed with Ratelle (31) scoring for New York with a goal to make it 1-1 in the first period. It's a sixth loss after nine without defeat for NYR, and the first loss of the season for netminder Simmons,
In the battle for playoff spots in the West Pittsburgh overtake the North Stars for fourth place as Minnesota have just four wins in their last twenty-three games. Price (3) and Dillabough (3) made it 2-0 for the Penguins, Boudrias (25) brought the visitors back into it. Bathgate (24) and Andrea (13) then scored unassisted to give Pittsburgh a third win in their current four game unbeaten streak.
MON Vachon (22-7-3 .906) 24/28, Powerplay 0/0
CHI DeJordy (24-13-10 .898) 28/32, Powerplay 1/2
BOS Cheevers (22-18-6 .896) 38/45, Powerplay 1/8
DET Edwards (15-19-9 .892) 30/33, Powerplay 2/9
TOR Gamble (13-12-4 .909) 21/22, Powerplay 0/0
NYR Simmons (5-1-4 .910) 20/22, Powerplay 0/4
MIN Bauman (7-9-76 .889) 32/36, Powerplay 0/0
PIT Bassen (11-10-5 .907) 16/17, Powerplay 2/8
|Detroit Red Wings||71||34||24||13||81|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||71||35||25||11||81|
|New York Rangers||71||26||32||13||65|
|St Louis Blues||70||30||30||10||70|
|Los Angeles Kings||71||28||34||9||65|
|Minnesota North Stars||71||23||30||18||64|