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NHL: Pittsburgh 5, N.Y. Rangers 3

NEW YORK, April 29 (UPI) -- Evgeni Malkin had two goals and an assist Tuesday, powering Pittsburgh to a 5-3 win over the New York Rangers and a 3-0 edge in their Eastern semifinal.

NHL: Pittsburgh 5, N.Y. Rangers 4

PITTSBURGH, April 25 (UPI) -- Sidney Crosby's goal at 1:41 of the third period Friday boosted Pittsburgh past the New York Rangers 5-4 in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal.

NHL: N.Y. Rangers 5, New Jersey 3

NEW YORK, April 16 (UPI) -- Marc Staal scored the go-ahead goal with 3:13 left Wednesday and the New York Rangers took command of their playoff series by downing New Jersey 5-3.

NHL: N.Y. Rangers 3, N.Y. Islanders 0

UNIONDALE, N.Y., April 3 (UPI) -- Henrik Lundqvist recorded his 10th shutout of the season Thursday and the New York Rangers reached the playoffs by downing the New York Islanders 3-0.

NHL: N.Y. Rangers 5, Pittsburgh 2

NEW YORK, March 18 (UPI) -- Sean Avery scored two goals Tuesday, powering the New York Rangers to a 5-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

NHL: N.Y. Rangers 5, Philadelphia 4 (SO)

NEW YORK, March 2 (UPI) -- Brendan Shanahan and Nigel Dawes scored shootout goals for the New York Rangers Sunday in a 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.

NHL: N.Y. Rangers 5, Florida 0

NEW YORK, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- The New York Rangers ripped the Florida Panthers 5-0 Sunday behind the goaltending of Henrik Lundqvist, who got his eighth shutout of the season.

NHL: N.Y. Rangers 5, Montreal 3

MONTREAL, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Scott Gomez, Chris Drury and Martin Straka scored Sunday to lift the New York Rangers from a three-goal deficit to a 5-3 win over Montreal.

NHL: N.Y. Rangers 4, Montreal 1

NEW YORK, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Chris Drury, Martin Straka, Petr Prucha and Nigel Dawes scored Saturday for the New York Rangers, who beat Montreal 4-1 to end a five-game losing streak.

NHL: N.Y. Rangers 6, Toronto 1

TORONTO, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Petr Prucha scored twice and Jaromir Jagr had a goal and three assists Saturday in the New York Rangers' 6-1 rout of Toronto.

NHL: N.Y. Rangers 4, Pittsburgh 0

NEW YORK, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Henrik Lundqvist made 18 saves Tuesday for his sixth shutout this season in the New York Rangers' 4-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

NHL: N.Y Rangers 3, Washington 1

NEW YORK, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Martin Straka scored the eventual game-winning goal in the first period Friday night, as the New York Rangers beat Washington, 3-1.

NHL: N.Y Rangers 5, Florida 2

NEW YORK, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Chris Drury scored the go-ahead goal Thursday night as the New York Rangers beat the Florida Panthers 5-2.

NHL: Buffalo 5, N.Y. Rangers 4

NEW YORK, May 6 (UPI) -- Jochen Hecht scored twice Sunday afternoon, as the Buffalo Sabres beat the New York Rangers, 5-4, to advance to the Eastern Conference finals.

NHL: Buffalo 2, N.Y. Rangers 1 (OT)

BUFFALO, N.Y., May 4 (UPI) -- Chris Drury tied the game with eight seconds left in regulation Friday and Maxim Afinogenov scored in overtime as Buffalo beat the New York Rangers, 2-1.
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PHI2000050703 - 07 MAY 2000 - PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, USA:Pittsburgh's Martin Straka (#82) elbows Flyers' Craig Berube (#32) in the face as they battle for the puck on mid-ice during second period Philadelphia Flyers-Pittsburgh Penguins second round playoff action at The First Union Center Sunday, May 7, 2000. jca/J.C. Anderson UPI
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Martin Straka (born September 3, 1972 in Plzen, Czechoslovakia) is a Czech ice hockey centre who plays for HC Lasselsberger Plzen of the Czech Extraliga.

Straka was drafted 19th overall by the Penguins in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft, and has played for several teams throughout his 18th year NHL career. After jumping off a cliff during the Pittsburgh season, he was traded to the Ottawa Senators on April 7, 1995 for Norm MacIver and Troy Murray. The following season, on January 23, 1996, less than a year after being traded to Ottawa, he was traded again. Straka, along with Don Beaupre and former #1 overall pick Bryan Berard was traded to the New York Islanders for Damian Rhodes and Wade Redden. He would be placed on waivers and claimed by the Florida Panthers on March 15, 1996. Florida would not re-sign Straka after the 1995–96 season, which made him an unrestricted free agent. He would later return to the Pittsburgh Penguins on August 6, 1997.

He would go on to have a career year during the 2000–2001 season for Pittsburgh as he amassed 27 goals and 95 points and establish himself as one of the leagues premiere two-way players due to his explosive speed and on-ice vision. However, the following season his speedy reputation would be called into jeopardy as Straka would suffer a season-ending injury in the form of a broken leg, an injury which would take him years to recover from. On November 30, 2003, in a cost-cutting move, the Penguins would deal Straka to the Los Angeles Kings for Russian prospect Sergei Anshakov and defenceman Martin Strbak. Straka would later sign as a free agent by the Rangers on August 2, 2005. On January 17, 2007, despite reports that he was considering retirement, Straka signed a one-year contract extension for the 2007–08 season.

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