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November 6, 1996

Philadelphia at Buffalo (7:30 p.m. EST). The Flyers will try to bounce back from their 4-3 loss to the last-place Islanders Monday to face the Sabres. Buffalo will play its first game after five days rest.

STARS

Tuesday

_ Mike Craig, Maple Leafs, had a goal and two assists as Toronto beat St. Louis 6-3.

_ Felix Potvin stopped 29 shots in Toronto’s win over St. Louis.

STREAKS

Toronto has won six of their last seven games after defeating St. Louis. ... St. Louis has lost five of their last six games after their loss to Toronto.

SCORING

Toronto center Jamie Baker scored his first goal of the season for the Maple Leafs. Baker was traded from San Jose to Toronto in the offseason. ... Toronto’s line of Mike Craig, Jamie Baker and Todd Warriner combined for three goals and four assists against St. Louis.

SAD NEWS

Arthur Michael Wirtz Jr., brother of Chicago Blackhawks owner Bill Wirtz and executive vice president of the club, died Tuesday. He was 62.

SEE THE WRITING ON THE WALL

The Buffalo Sabres announced that Jennifer Smith, vice president of marketing and broadcast, resigned her daily duties. The resignation comes four days after the team fired president Doug Moss, who had hired Smith.

SIGNED

The Washington Capitals signed newly acquired left wing Chris Simon to a two-year contract Tuesday. Simon and defenseman Curtis Leschyshyn were traded to Washington for right wing Keith Jones and two draft picks.

SURGERY

Ottawa defenseman Stan Neckar of the Ottawa Senators will have reconconstructive knee surgery Friday and will be out until April. Neckar injured his knee on Oct. 18 at New Jersey.

SCOUTING

Bryan Smolinski scored two goals and two assists as the Detroit Vipers beat the Chicago Wolves 5-2 Tuesday in the International Hockey League.

SPEAKING

``We outshot them, and probably outplayed them. We just didn’t win.″ _ St. Louis coach Mike Keenan whose team outshot the Toronto 32-26 but still lost to the Maple Leafs.

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