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Isles defenceman Radek Martinek leaves game on a stretcher after injuring ankle

Islanders head coach Ted Nolan said he believed there was a fracture and that he expected Martinek to miss four to six weeks.

“It’s tough, you never like seeing guys going off on a stretcher,” Islanders winger Trent Hunter said. “Marty’s a huge part of our team, so we’ll just hope he’s able to recover quick.”

At 12:16 of the first period Martinek was heading back into his own zone to retrieve the puck when he took a hit from Canadiens rookie Guillaume Latendresse into the end boards.

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As he was falling to the ice, Martinek’s left ankle appeared to turn underneath him. Martinek remained on the ice for several minutes before being taken off on a stretcher.

“I was just finishing my check,” Latendresse said. “When I turned around I saw him go down, but I don’t know what happened.”