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Islanders' Martinek out 4 to 6 weeks

Islanders' Martinek out 4 to 6 weeks

New York Islanders defenseman Radek Martinek will be out for four to six weeks because of an unidentified upper-body injury sustained during an NHL game last weekend.
Martinek was knocked out of the Islanders' home opener on Saturday after he absorbed a hard hit behind the net. The Czech was evaluated by doctors that night and didn't play in New York's 7-1 loss to Buffalo on Monday.
The Islanders revealed on Tuesday the length of time Martinek is expected to miss, but still declined to provide any information about the injury.
Martinek was skating along the end boards behind the New York goal and crumpled after being crunched by St. Louis center David Backes. He remained down on the ice for a few moments before skating without assistance toward the tunnel to the dressing room.