PEEEETE: Pete Peeters is back. The veteran goaltender appeared to be washed up after a 1-13-5 campaign with Philadelphia last season, followed by offseason elbow surgery and a stint in the minors.

But the ex-Capital was back in the big time Sunday night, stopping Gary Leeman's penalty shot among 18 saves as the Flyers defeated the Maple Leafs, 7-1. On Saturday, he was in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in goal for the Hershey Bears in an American Hockey League game.

"I've been doing a lot of traveling," said Peeters, 33, who replaced starter Ken Wregget after Wregget strained his right hip early in the second period with Philadelphia up, 2-0. "I got a lot of work in the AHL and it's helped. . . . It felt right in the flow of things. It was nice to get into a game right away. {Coach} Paul {Holmgren} said, 'Here's your opportunity. Go get it, buddy.' "

The Flyers also lost D Mark Howe (back injury). He and Wregget returned to Philadelphia and will be evaluated on a day-to-day basis. The Flyers recalled G Bruce Hoffort.

MOVES: The Whalers, who have lost six straight, recalled C Mike Tomlak from AHL Springfield.

Coach Rick Ley said on announcing Tomlak's promotion, "There definitely will be more."

RIGHT NUMBER: North Stars C Bobby Smith said Sunday he was glad the Canadiens had given his former No. 15 to rookie Andrew Cassels since Smith and Cassels both played, in different eras, under Coach Brian Kilrea for the Ottawa 67s of the Ontario Hockey League.

That night, after Smith set up Dave Gagner's go-ahead goal at 8:25 of the third period, Cassels tied it on a breakaway at 12:54 and the game ended, 2-2.

"It's nice to wear a number that was worn by one of the better players in the league," said Cassels, whose goal was his first of the season. "But to be honest, I'm not the type who has to have a certain number. I never thought about it."

TEST FOR 66: Penguins C Mario Lemieux, sidelined with back trouble, will be tested this week to determine the extent of damage caused by a bone infection. Charles Burke, the Penguins' orthopedic specialist, said Lemieux could begin some rehabilitation therapy if the tests show no additional damage.