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Rangers winger Straka helped off the ice after injury

NEW YORK -- Rangers forward Martin Straka injured his right
leg and needed help getting off the ice in the first period
Saturday night of New York's game against the Boston Bruins.

Straka was skating inside the Boston zone when his left skate
got locked up with the skate of Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference
with 5:23 remaining in the period. His right leg stretched out and
stuck in the ice.


The left wing, who has been playing despite a sore left
shoulder, went down and sprawled out on his stomach. Straka
received attention by the Rangers' training staff and reached for
his knee before getting to his feet. He was helped off by teammates
Dan Girardi and Marek Malik, putting weight only on his left leg
while the right foot dangled a few inches above the ice.


He didn't return to the game and was listed as day to day.


It is the latest injury to strike the Rangers, who are trying to
reach the postseason for the second straight season.


New York, which entered the game in ninth place in the Eastern
Conference, was already without forward Brendan Shanahan
(concussion), forward Marcel Hossa (knee), and defensemen Fedor
Tyutin (knee) and Karel Rachunek (knee). Each player got hurt
within the past month.


Straka, 34, has 27 goals and 38 assists this season but hasn't
found the net in 10 games -- dating to Feb. 18. He hurt his shoulder
six days later against Columbus and sat out the next three games.
He has no points in the seven games he's played since.