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Penguins lose D Martin for 4-6 weeks

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Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Paul Martin will miss four to six weeks with a fractured tibia, coach Dan Bylsma announced Wednesday.

Martin was injured Monday night in Boston during a game against the Bruins. The broken leg didn't stop him from finishing the game.

The 32-year-old Martin is leading the Penguins ice time, averaging a career-high 25:17 in 23 games. He has two goals and nine assists for 11 points, which is tied for the team high for defensemen.

Injuries have taken a toll on the Penguins this season. Forward Tanner Glass is out three to four weeks with a broken hand and forward Beau Bennett will miss eight to 10 weeks after wrist surgery. Right winger Chuck Kobasew (lower body) and defenseman Rob Scuderi (broken ankle) are on injured reserve, and goaltender Tomas Vokoun (blood clot) is on long-term injured reserve.

Martin is a candidate for the U.S. Olympic team, but the injury is not expected to jeopardize his chances to make the roster, which should be announced in January.
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