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Martinek out four weeks with broken foot

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- New York Islanders defenseman Radek
Martinek broke a foot and will be out of action for four weeks.

Martinek, one of New York's top defensemen this season, was
injured Tuesday night during the Islanders' victory over the
Rangers. He finished that game and then played the following night
in a loss at Ottawa.

"Radek has been a warrior for us, maybe our most consistent
defenseman," Islanders coach Ted Nolan said Saturday. "It says a
lot about him that he continued to play during the Rangers game and
the whole game the next night in Ottawa because he didn't want to
take himself out of the lineup.

"But this is the right thing for him. As much as we'll miss
Radek, and we know how much he hates being out, we look forward to
getting Radek back at 100 percent."

The 30-year-old Martinek is in his fifth NHL season, all with
the Islanders. He had two goals and 11 assists with a plus-15
rating, tops among the team's defensemen, while playing in New
York's first 36 games.

The Islanders recalled defenseman Allan Rourke on an emergency
basis from Bridgeport of the AHL on Saturday, hours before New York
played New Jersey at home.

In 29 games for Bridgeport this season, Rourke registered three
goals and six assists. He signed with the Islanders in August 2005
and split time between Bridgeport and the Islanders last season.

While with New York, Rourke had one assist in six games.

Rourke also played in 25 games for the Carolina Hurricanes
during the 2003-04 season and had a goal and two assists.