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Pittsburgh defenseman Paul Martin out 4-6 weeks with broken leg

Paul Martin (Steve Babineau/Getty Images) Paul Martin's injury could affect his chances of making the U.S. Olympic team. (Steve Babineau/Getty Images)

Paul Martin, who leads the first-place Penguins with more than 25 minutes of ice time per game, will be out 4-6 weeks with a fractured tibia, head coach Dan Bylsma announced on Wednesday.

The 32-year-old, who is in the fourth year of a five-year, $25 million contract, has two goals, nine assists and eight penalty minutes in 23 games this season. His -1 plus/minus mark represents only the second time in his 10-year career he's in the red in that category.

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Martin, who sustained the injury in Pittsburgh's overtime loss to the Bruins on Monday, played only 34 games last season.

The Penguins are already without defenseman Rob Scuderi and they lost fowards Beau Bennett and Tanner Glass in the last week.

The injury could also affect Martin's chances of making the U.S. Olympic team. He made the team in 2010, but did not play because of a broken arm.

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