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Olympics injury sidelines Penguins' Martin

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Feb 25 2014 01:45:17 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 25 2014 03:33:54 PM CST
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The Pittsburgh Penguins will be without Paul Martin for four to six weeks after the defenseman suffered a broken hand during the Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

The 32-year-old Martin was sidelined for Team USA's final two games at the Olympics, including the semifinal loss to Canada, and now will miss more time with the Penguins.

It has not been a good season health-wise for Martin. In addition to the latest injury, he suffered a broken leg in November that forced him off the ice for 23 games and he was also out for two games early in the season with a lower-body injury.

In the 33 games he has played for the Penguins this season, Martin has two goals and 10 assists while averaging a team-leading 24:23 of ice time.

Penguins coach Dan Bylsma, who was the U.S. Olympic team coach, also will be without Kris Letang, who suffered a stroke in January, as the NHL returns to action after the Olympics.

Martin was one of several NHL players who returned from the Games with injuries.

New York Islanders captain John Tavares suffered a torn MCL while playing for Canada and will miss the rest of the season. Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg had back surgery after playing for Sweden and will be out eight weeks.

New York Rangers leading scorer Mats Zuccarello broke a hand in the Norway's final group game and will be lost for three to four weeks. Florida's Aleksander Barkov and Tomas Kopecky suffered a knee injury and concussion, respectively, while playing for Finland and Slovakia. Both are out indefinitely.

Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Fedor Tyutin, a member of the Russian Olympic team, will be out for two to three weeks after spraining an ankle.

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