Toronto at Buffalo (7 p.m. EST). Dominik Hasek, who backstopped the Czech Republic to the gold medal at the Nagano Olympics, leads the Sabres against the Maple Leafs.

STARTING UP AGAIN

The NHL regular season resumes following its two-week Olympic break with nine games tonight and six Thursday night. The remaining schedule will be much lighter than the pre-Olympic schedule, when teams often played three games in four nights to allow for the break.

STOPPER RETURNS

Buffalo Sabres goalie Dominik Hasek, whose stellar performance carried the Czech Republic to the Olympic gold medal in Nagano, Japan, was greeted at the Buffalo airport by about 350 cheering fans Tuesday. Hasek made a one-day stop Monday for a rally in Prague that drew more than 100,000 people.

SUNDIN SIGNS

Toronto Maple Leafs captain Mats Sundin said Tuesday he agreed to a new $22.8 million, four-year contract. The 27-year-old Swedish forward and the team said the deal was signed earlier this month, just before Sundin left for the Olympics in Nagano, Japan.

SAKIC SIDELINED

Colorado Avalanche captain Joe Sakic will miss about four weeks after suffering a sprained knee ligament while playing for Team Canada at the Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan. Sakic injured his knee in Canada's 4-1 victory over Kazakhstan in the Olympic quarterfinals.

SCOUTING

Rookie Martin St. Louis had a goal and two assists as the Saint John Flames defeated the Providence Bruins 4-1 in an AHL game Tuesday night.

SPEAKING

``The season goes on. We're happy to win the gold medal. (Wednesday), I see my teammates. Our goal is to win as many games as possible before the season and try to win a Stanley Cup.'' _ Buffalo Sabres goalie Dominik Hasek, who returned to the Sabres on Tuesday after leading the Czech Republic to the Olympic gold medal in Nagano, Japan.