SUPER ROOKIE: Blues rookie Nelson Emerson, the International Hockey League's leading scorer at the time of his recall from Peoria on Wednesday, assisted on two goals in his NHL debut Friday against the Red Wings. Peoria, which had a record 18 straight victories with Emerson in the lineup, was beaten, 5-3, by Milwaukee in its first game without him. . . .

Johan Garpenlov, who joined the Red Wings in the offseason after four years with Djurgarden in Sweden, scored four goals Friday against the Blues. He is the first NHL player to score four goals in a game this season and ther first Detroit player to accomplish the feat since Steve Yzerman got four Jan. 31 against Edmonton. ON THE BLOCK: Goalie Sean Burke once was considered New Jersey's future. But he soon may be in their past.

Maple Leafs General Manager Floyd Smith reportedly has been offered Burke for defenseman Al Iafrate. This is the first time Burke has been tossed into the marketplace, and the Maple Leafs need a goalie on which to base their struggling club.HONESTY: The Maple Leafs' Daniel Marois is his own worst critic: "I'm brutal defensively and {Coach Tom Watt} has made a point of reminding me often." . . .

Canadian papers last week showed Soviet defenseman Alexei Gusarov wearing his new Nordiques jersey with Moscow's Red Square in the background. Gusarov is expected to join the Nordiques in a week or so, after his release from the Red Army. FRUSTRATION: Even though he scored the game-winning goal against the Maple Leafs on Friday, winger Scott Mellanby isn't able to figure out why the Flyers can't commandeer a series of wins.

"It's been frustrating for us that we haven't been able to put a long {winning} streak together," he said. "We came out the gates slow tonight. Last year we would play well and come away with a loss. We didn't play that well tonight but we managed to win anyway."