Sabres fire coach after 6-3 loss

December 12, 1991

BUFFALO, N.Y. XFB — BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Brendan Shanahan scored two goals last night to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 6-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres, who fired coach Rick Dudley after the game.

Dudley was replaced by John Muckler, the Sabres' director of hockey operations and the former coach of the Edmonton Oilers.

The loss dropped Buffalo to 0-6-2 in its past eight games.

The Blues won on the road for the first time since Nov. 1 and only the third time this season.

Guy Hebert stopped 35 shots in his NHL debut for St. Louis, while Brett Hull added his league-leading 28th goal of the season and Adam Oates and Jeff Brown also scored.

Dale Hawerchuk scored twice for Buffalo.

Shanahan's two power-play goals in the second period broke a 1-1 tie and helped the Blues to a 4-2 lead going into the final period.

St. Louis 0 4 2 -- 6

Buffalo 0 2 1 -- 3

First period--None.

Second period--1, St. Louis, Hull 28 (Mongeau, Shanahan), :51 (pp). 2, Buffalo, Hawerchuk 8 (Mogilny), 5:31 (pp). 3, St. Louis, Shanahan 12 (Mongeau, Norwood), 9:22 (pp). 4, St. Louis, Shanahan 13 (Brown, Oates), 10:22 (pp). 5, Buffalo, Hawerchuk 9 (Ruuttu, Bodger), 12:25 (pp). 6, St. Louis, Oates 5 (Hull, Lowry), 19:31.

Third period--7, Buffalo, Audette 15 (Hawerchuk), 1:08. 8, St. Louis, P.Cavallini 5, 8:13. 9, St. Louis, Brown 6 (Emerson), 18:44 (en).

Shots on goal--St. Louis 10-20-6--36. Buffalo 8-14-16--38. Power-play opportunities--St. Louis 3 of 6; Buffalo 2 of 6. Goalies--St. Louis, Hebert, 1-0-0 (38 shots-35 saves). Buffalo, Draper, 4-3-3 (35-30). A--12,786.

Islanders 5, Maple Leafs 4

TORONTO -- Ray Ferraro scored his second goal of the game with 1:50 remaining in the third period to lift New York over Toronto.

NY Islanders 3 0 2 -- 5

Toronto 2 2 0 -- 4

First period--1, New York, Ferraro 13 (Flatley, Hogue), 1:26. 2, Toronto, Berube 5 (Foligno, Godynyuk), 4:03. 3, Toronto, Marois 5, 5:24. 4, New York, McLlwain 5 (Pilon), 8:08. 5, New York, King 16 (Creighton, Vukota), 8:43.

Second period--6, Toronto, Gill 2 (Cimetta, Bullard), 1:32 (pp). 7, Toronto, Bullard 8 (Cimetta, Shannon), 10:03 (pp).

Third period--8, New York, Kurvers 5 (Ferraro, Flatley), 12:45. 9, New York, Ferraro 14 (Hogue, Flatley), 18:10.

Shots on goal--New York 8-3-8--19. Toronto 15-18-14--47. Power-play opportunities--New York 0 of 3; Toronto 2 of 5. Goalies--New York, Weeks, 5-2-1 (47 shots-43 saves). Toronto, Fuhr, 8-13-2 (19-14). A--15,114.

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