Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series tied 2-2

Game 1: Saturday, October 27th
Maple Leafs4
Game 2: Thursday, November 1st
Maple Leafs1Final
Game 3: Tuesday, December 4th
Maple Leafs0
Game 4: Friday, April 12th
Maple Leafs5Final

Penguins 1

(11-11-2, 27 pts)

Maple Leafs 0

(15-8-3, 35 pts)

Coverage: TSN

7:30 PM ET, December 4, 2001

Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

1 2 3 T
PIT 1 0 01
TOR 0 0 00

J. Hedberg (Penguins - G): Saves: 27, Save Pct.: 1.000

A. Kovalev (Penguins - RW): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

D. Kasparaitis (Penguins - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 0

Hedberg earns shutout with 27 saves

TORONTO (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Penguins didn't let the flu become an excuse.

Johan Hedberg made 27 saves for his fourth shutout of the season as the Penguins beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 1-0 Tuesday night.

Pittsburgh had 14 players receive IV fluids last weekend to treat a flulike bug, and they had to cancel Monday's practice because so many ailing players left early.

"I don't think the guys hid behind the excuse of a bug or a little flu," said Robert Lang, who scored his eighth goal.

Lang beat goalie Curtis Joseph with a wrist shot at 17:57 of the first period. Alexei Morozov and Alexei Kovalev assisted.

"They struggle a little bit in their zone," Lang said. "We played a solid defensive game."

Pittsburgh won for only the second time in its last 10 road games. The Penguins dropped the first two games of the road trip to San Jose and Phoenix by a combined 10-2 score.

Hedberg said he was fully recovered.

"It was one tough day when I was sick," Hedberg said. "This has been a tough road trip, but to come through is a big confidence boost."

Penguins star Mario Lemieux missed his eighth straight game recovering from hip surgery. He's out indefinitely

Joseph made 22 saves.

"They played a real good trap," Joseph said. "It seemed like they wanted to play a 1-0 game.

Game notes
Pittsburgh tough guy Billy Tibbetts is not allowed to enter Canada because of his criminal record. Tibbetts will rejoin the team when it arrives in Boston on Wednesday. ... Toronto's Tie Domi sent Krzysztof Oliwa to the ice during a fight in the first period. ... Pittsburgh's Darius Kasparaitis kissed teammate Josef Melichar on the helmet after he appeared on the "Kiss Cam" on the videoboard. Most players ignore the "Kiss Cam," which usually encourages couples to kiss. "He got mad," Kasparaitis said of Melichar. "He was like, `what are you doing?' I'm like `Don't worry, let's have fun."' ... Domi said on a local radio station that he deserves to be more than a fourth liner. Toronto coach Pat Quinn didn't appreciate the comments. "The problem is when people yap all the time," Quinn said. "They have people who they can cry to."

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