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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."