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Game Day Preview

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
GAME: Toronto Maple Leafs (4-8-2-0) at St. Louis Blues (9-2-1-0).

TIME: Saturday, 7 p.m. EST.

Eric Boguniecki has emerged from the waiver wire to become the St. Louis Blues' offensive leader.

The center looks to continue his surprising surge and help the Blues rebound from just their second loss of the season when they face off against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Savvis Center.

Boguniecki netted two goals for the second straight game Thursday, but St.

Louis fell one game short of the club record for consecutive victories with a 5-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The setback was St. Louis' first loss since dropping the season opener to Anaheim. However, at 9-2-1-0, the Blues are off to their best start in franchise history.

Playing between Doug Weight and Cory Stillman, Boguniecki has 13 points over his last nine games and leads the Blues with eight goals.

His performance raises questions as to why St. Louis left him unprotected in the waiver draft earlier in early October. The Blues have since atoned for their mistake, signing last season's American Hockey League MVP to a contract extension on Oct. 30.

"We liked all the things he did last year, but he didn't have a good camp," general manager Larry Pleau said. "Now he's gotten a chance and he's played well."

The Maple Leafs have lost five of their last eight (2-5-1), including Friday's 2-1 setback at Dallas.

Holden scored his first goal as a Leafs vs. the Stars.
Graig Abel Photography
Ed Belfour, the Stars' starting goalie for five seasons, made 21 saves in his return to Dallas, and Josh Holden scored a second-period goal in his Toronto debut.

Holden, acquired from Vancouver in a trade over the summer, had 14 points in 13 games for St. John's of the AHL before his call-up on Thursday to replace center Nik Antropov.

Antropov will miss up to 10 days after going on the injured list Wednesday with a sprained knee.

STANDINGS:
Maple Leafs - 10 points, 4th place, 7 PB, Northeast Division.Blues - 19 points, 1st place, Central Division.

TEAM LEADERS:
Maple Leafs - Alexander Mogilny, 8 goals, 11 assists and 19 points; Tie Domi, 34 PIM.
Blues - Boguniecki, 8 goals; Weight, 13 assists and 18 points; Reed Low, 29 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Nov. 7):
Maple Leafs - Power play: 21.6 percent (16 for 74), 6th in NHL. Penalty killing: 83.5 percent (66 for 79), 14th.
Blues - Power play: 23.2 percent (19 for 82), 4th. Penalty killing: 80.3 percent (49 for 61), 25th.

GOALTENDERS:
Maple Leafs - Belfour (3-5-2, 1 SO, 2.68 GAA); Trevor Kidd (1-3-0, 3.78).
Blues - Fred Brathwaite (5-2-1, 1, 2.23); Tom Barrasso (no appearances).

2001-02 SEASON SERIES: Tied, 1-1.

LAST MEETING: Dec. 13; Maple Leafs, 4-3. At St. Louis, Mats Sundin scored on a 2-on-1 break 43 seconds into overtime as Toronto held on for the victory after squandering a two-goal lead. Mogilny netted two goals, and Domi also scored for Toronto. Weight forced overtime with a score at 9:58 of the third, and Al MacInnis and Scott Young also scored for the Blues.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Maple Leafs - 1-2-1-0 on the road; Blues - 4-2-1-0 at home.
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