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Islanders put Martinek on injured reserve

DETROIT - The Islanders placed defenseman Radek Martinek (left wrist) on injured reserve Friday, retroactive to Dec. 22.

Martinek, who has one goal and four assists in 29 games this season, suffered the injury Dec. 9 against Boston when he took Zdeno Chara's slap shot on the arm.

The 34-year-old defenseman is one of the many injuries to hobble the back end this season. The Islanders also are without veterans Mark Streit (shoulder) and Mike Mottau (hip).

Defenseman Jack Hillen did not play Friday night, either, although it was good news that kept him out of the lineup.

Hillen, 24, stayed behind in New York with his wife, Caitlin, as they celebrated the birth of their first child, son Finn (6 pounds, 9 ounces), who was born at 12:13 p.m. Thursday.

Hillen is expected to join the team in Calgary.

Ozzie remembers

Former Islanders goaltender Chris Osgood, who recorded his 400th career win Wednesday for Detroit, said some of his favorite memories came while playing for the Islanders from 2001-2003 (he went 49-39-10).

"When people ask about the Islanders that year, I always say that was one of my favorite years," Osgood said, referring to 2001-02. "I was [in Detroit] for 10 [years] and we had won so much that we didn't appreciate winning as much as we should have. When I went to Long Island, we had a great group of guys that really enjoyed winning. We had a great year, making the playoffs for the first time in a while, and had an unbelievable series against Toronto. It's one of those years that when you look back on it, you'll always appreciate it because we had so much fun."

Martin homecoming

Matt Martin had 25 friends and family in attendance Friday night. Joe Louis Arena is a mere five minutes from where he grew up, just across the border in Windsor, Ontario.

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