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LEMIEUX INJURED AS LEAFS' CUJO PUTS CLAMPS ON PENS

The Pittsburgh Penguins lost more than a game.

Curtis Joseph made 23 saves for his second straight shutout and Mats Sundin scored twice as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat Pittsburgh, 4-0, Saturday night.

Penguins star Mario Lemieux left the game after the first period with a strained left hip muscle.

"It was a little sore before the game," Pittsburgh coach Rick Kehoe said. "He went out in the warmup and said he'd give it a try. After the first he said he couldn't go anymore."

Lemieux has already missed two games this season with a strained hip. The Penguins' star missed Friday's practice and was listed as questionable for Saturday's game. He is doubtful for Sunday's game against Florida.

"You could tell that he had problems playing," Sundin said. "Obviously, with Mario out, they were hurt as a team."

The Penguins lost their first game under Kehoe. Pittsburgh had been 4-0-0-1 since Kehoe replaced the fired Ivan Hlinka on Oct 15.

Jonas Hoglund had two assists for the Maple Leafs, who last played the Penguins on Dec. 27, the day Lemieux began his second comeback.

"Mario is a huge part of our team," Pittsburgh's Stephane Richer said. "When he's not in the lineup it makes a big difference."

Gary Roberts and Darcy Tucker also scored for the Maple Leafs.

Sundin, who also had an assist, missed a hat trick when he hit the post with a shot in the second period.

"He had two huge goals for us," Joseph said. "You'd always like him to see him get the third one, but it didn't happen."

Joseph, who shutout Boston, 2-0, last Tuesday, didn't have to make any spectacular saves against Pittsburgh, but was steady throughout.

Joseph noticed Lemieux left.

"They had a power play early and he wasn't on the ice," Joseph said. "I quickly checked down the bench and saw he wasn't there. It wasn't a relief, but I took note."

Sundin fired a shot between the legs of goalie Johan Hedberg 11:04 of the first.

Sundin scored his fifth goal of the season after Hoglund made a nice behind-the-back pass with less than a minute remaining in the first.

Wily Coyote blanks champs

PHOENIX -- Coyotes goalie Sean Burke figured he didn't have any margin for error against the Stanley Cup champions, not with the Colorado Avalanche having given up just two goals in their last two games.

So Burke played flawlessly and had 29 saves, including one on a penalty shot, for his 27th career shutout as the Coyotes beat the Avalanche, 1-0. Phoenix's next test comes Tuesday night in HSBC Arena against the Buffalo Sabres.

Krystofer Kolanos scored 3:14 into the third period for the game's only goal.

"That's a great team over there," Burke said. "We knew coming in that was going to be a huge test for us. We knew we weren't going to blow them out or run and gun with them."

Av Patrick Roy stopped 22 shots.

Around the rinks

Theo Fleury tipped in Brian Leetch's pass with 24.2 seconds left in overtime to give the Rangers a 2-1 win over the Bruins. It was Boston's first loss at home this season. . . . Daniel Alfredsson scored three goals and added an assist as the Senators beat the Blues, 4-1. . . . Kim Johnsson and Jan Hlavac scored early in the first period to lead the Flyers past the Canadiens, 5-1. The Canadiens were missing goalie Jose Theodore (concussion) and center Doug Gilmour (one-game suspension). . . . Detroit goaltenders Manny Legace and Dominik Hasek combined for a 1-0 shutout and Steve Duchense scored his first goal of the season as the Red Wings beat the Predators, 1-0. Legace started but suffered a leg injury. . . . Jarome Iginla celebrated his 400th NHL game with a goal and an assist, giving him 11 points this week, as the Flames beat the Wild, 4-2. . . . Tony Hrkac scored with 5:03 left to lift the Thrashers past the Lightning, 4-3.

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