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Toronto slips by Detroit

Brian Bradley scored with two seconds remaining to give Toronto a 4-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night, extending the Maple Leafs' home winning streak to six games.

With Shawn Burr off for holding, Bradley scored his eighth goal of the season and first since Nov. 30 on a scramble, swatting the puck over goalie Tim Cheveldae, who had reached out in vain with his glove. The win was Toronto's eighth in nine games.

Toronto goalie Grant Fuhr was injured on an innocent-looking play in the second quarter.

Fuhr was down when defenseman Jamie Macoun, who signed a three-year contract worth $1.8 million earlier in the day, breezed through the crease to chase a rebound. Macoun's right skate hooked Fuhr's right leg, pulling it like a wishbone, and stretching the cartilage in Fuhr's knee.

Fuhr never got up and was taken off on a stretcher as a hush fell over the 15,845 fans.


Oilers: Goalie Bill Ranford signed a three-year contract with Edmonton. The Edmonton Journal reported the contract was worth at least $1-million per season, which would make Ranford only the third millionaire goalie in the NHL.

Ranford, 24, was playing out his option this year at a salary of $225,000. Fuhr is the league's highest-paid goalie at $1.38-million _ increasing to $1.6-million next season. Montreal's Patrick Roy earns $1.2-million.

Attendance down: The Hartford Whalers and New York Islanders are having a rough time at the box office this season, the Minnesota North Stars and expansion San Jose Sharks are thriving and the NHL is managing to tread water.

Overall, the National Hockey League has suffered only a slight drop in attendance this year compared with last season, league spokesman Gary Meagher said from Toronto on Tuesday.

Figures for January weren't available, but Meagher said paid admissions through December were down 0.6 percent compared with the same period in 1990-91.

That doesn't include the Sharks, the NHL's newest team, who have not had an unsold ticket in the 10,888-seat Cow Palace.