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Islanders bring up Martin to replace Tambellini

The Islanders' Matt Martin, left, was an emergency

The Islanders' Matt Martin, left, was an emergency recall Sunday after Jeff Tambellini went down with a groin strain on Saturday. (Feb. 13, 2010) Photo Credit: Joe Rogate

Bridgeport forward Matt Martin was an emergency recall for yesterday's game against the Maple Leafs.

Martin, 20, was called up to replace Jeff Tambellini, who is out with a groin strain suffered during Saturday night's 4-2 win over the Devils.

Before beginning his second stint with the Islanders, Martin reflected on the four games he played for the team in February.

"It was huge for my confidence and it was good for me to see how far I've come since the exhibition games," Martin said. "I'm starting to feel more and more comfortable and those two assists I got in the first game made it easier."

Coach Scott Gordon said what impressed him most about Martin's game was his physical play.

"Just the way he uses his body," Gordon said. "He's got a good blend of size and skill."

When asked about the potential of extending yesterday's game into something more substantial with the season winding down, Martin said he'll just wait and see.

"I'm just going to continue to play my best effort," he said. "Whether I'm up or down, that's out of my control."

Even if Martin doesn't remain with the Islanders for long, he will benefit from being in the playoffs with Bridgeport if the Sound Tigers make the postseason.

DiPietro won't go west

Rehabbing goaltender Rick DiPietro, who is on injured reserve with swelling in his right knee, will not make the three-game trip to the West Coast. Trent Hunter (upper body) will accompany the team.


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