Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Undefeated Maple Leafs Drop Red Wings to 1-5

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Undefeated Maple Leafs Drop Red Wings to 1-5

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Felix Potvin stopped 32 of Detroit's 33 shots to lead the surging Toronto Maple Leafs to a 2-1 National Hockey League victory Saturday night over the Red Wings.

The win gave the Maple Leafs a sweep of the weekend home-and-home series, and improved their record to 6-0, their best start since 1944-45. The Red Wings dropped to 1-5, their worst start since 1985-86.

The Maple Leafs were outshot 11-6 in the first period, but still took a 2-0 lead, thanks to several big saves by Potvin.

Meanwhile, the NHL announced that Bob Rouse of the Maple Leafs and Bob Probert of the Red Wings are under indefinite suspension as a result of a stick-swinging incident Friday night. Neither player will play until the league holds a hearing. No date has been scheduled for the hearing.

***** Devils 6, Islanders 3

UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Alexander Semak scored three goals as the New Jersey won its fifth in a row with a victory over New York

Semak's first career hat trick in the NHL included two short-handed goals and spoiled the Islanders' home opener.

All six New Jersey goals were scored on Ron Hextall, who was pulled for backup goaltender Tom Draper to start the third period.

For the Islanders, their 1-4-0 start is their worst after five games since 1973-74, their second season in the league, when they started 0-3-2.

***** Capitals 4, Sabres 3

LANDOVER, Md. - Al Iafrate scored the go-ahead goal with 6 minutes 57 seconds left to give Washington a victory over Buffalo, its first win of the season.

Iafrate also had two assists as the Capitals finally got two points after opening with six successive losses. Washington outshot the Sabres 49-22, but needed third-period goals by Todd Krygier and Iafrate to gain the victory.

Grant Fuhr had 45 saves for the Sabres, who have lost five in a row after opening the season with a win in Boston.

***** Canucks 3, Oilers 2

EDMONTON, Alberta - Greg Adams scored a power-play goal with 1:27 left to give Vancouver a triumph over Edmonton.

Adams tipped a slap shot by Jiri Slegr high over a sprawling Bill Ranford, who was outstanding in the loss.

Steve Rice, who scored both Edmonton goals, had given the Oilers a 2-1 lead early in the third period when he tipped Dave Manson's point shot behind a screened Kirk McLean.

But defenseman Dana Murzyn scored a short-handed goal at 13:15 of the third to tie the game.

***** Penguins 5, Whalers 3

PITTSBURGH - Kevin Stevens scored his first goal of the season and Martin Straka got his NHL-leading eighth as Pittsburgh beat Hartford.

The Penguins have won 13 consecutive regular-season home games, 10 last season and three this season. Hartford had won its previous three games.

Goaltender Tom Barrasso returned to the Penguins' lineup and got his first win. …

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