Isles' Martinek suffers concussion

Islanders defenseman Radek Martinek was hospitalized Saturday in Brataslavia, Slovakia, after suffering a concussion in the Czech Republic's 4-2 win over Latvia at the World Hockey Championships.

Martinek's agent, Mike Deutsch, confirmed to Newsday via email that he suffered the injury after a first-period hit from Arturs Kulda, although the severity of the concussion was not immediately known. Deutsch said via text that he is awaiting updates but has been told that Martinek did not suffer a spinal injury, as originally was reported. "No spinal injury. He's doing well. Will be released from the hospital tomorrow," Deutsch said in his text.

Martinek was carried off on a stretcher. The 34-year-old veteran is likely to miss the rest of the tournament. Kulda was penalized for the hit, and it is under review to determine if there will be any supplementary discipline.

The oft-injured Martinek is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. Martinek had three goals and 16 points in 64 games with the Islanders last season. Since joining the team in 2001, Martinek has suffered several severe injuries, including a broken leg, torn knee ligaments and shoulder problems.

U.S. wins opener. Chris Kreider, the Rangers' No. 1 pick in the 2009 draft, started the scoring as the United States cruised to a 5-1 victory over Austria in its opening game at the World Hockey Championships in Kosice, Slovakia. -- AP

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