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Martin Straka
Martin Straka
Left Wing
(STRAH-kuh, MAHR-tin)
Number: 82
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 180
Shoots: Left
Born: Sep 3, 1972
Birthplace: Plzen, Czech Republic
Hometown: Plzen, Czech Republic
Acquired: Signed as a free agent on August 2, 2005.
Drafted: PIT / 1992 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 1st (19th overall)
2006-07 SEASON: Appeared in 77 games with the Rangers, registering 29 goals and 41 assists for 70 points, along with 24 penalty minutes and a plus-16 rating … Ranked first on the team with six game-winning goals … Tied for second on the team with 29 goals and ranked third on the team with 70 points … Ranked third on the team in assists (41), power play assists (20), and plus/minus (plus-16) … Tied for third on the team in power play goals (eight) … Ranked fourth on the team with 28 power play points … Turned in 20 multiple-point games and recorded at least one point in 45 of his 77 games ... Tallied three goals for his sixth career hat trick, recorded five shots and earned First Star honors on Jan. 4 vs. Philadelphia; Marked the sixth time he reached the 20-goal plateau in his career … Posted a careerhigh 11-game scoring streak from Nov. 15 to Dec. 12 (seven goals and 12 assists); Also posted a career-high, seven-game assist streak from Nov. 28 to Dec. 12 (nine assists); His 11-game point streak and sevengame assist streak marked Rangers' season-highs …  Registered an assist, the 400th of his career, on Nov. 5 vs. Buffalo … Named First Star two times, Second Star four times and Third Star three times ... Skated in 10 post-season games, registering two goals and eight assists for 10 points ... Led the team in assists (eight) and ranked third on the team in scoring with 10 points in the post season ... Posted a four-game scoring streak from Apr. 18 vs. Atlanta to Apr. 29 vs. Buffalo (one goal and three assists); The streak matched a playoff career-high (two goals and five assists from May 8 - 15, 2001) ... Tallied a power play goal, his first playoff goal as a Ranger, on Apr. 27 at Buffalo.

2005-06 SEASON: Appeared in 82 games with the Rangers, registering 22 goals and 54 assists for 76 points … Tied for second on the team with four game-winning goals ... Ranked third on the team and tied for 20th in the NHL with 54 assists … Ranked third on the team and tied for 35th in the NHL in scoring with 76 points ... Netted a season-high, three goals for his fifth career hat trick, on Mar. 29 at the Islanders; Recorded his 600th career NHL point on his second goal of the game … Converted a penalty shot (power play goal) in the second period and picked up a pair of assists on Feb. 2 at the Islanders … Posted his first goal as a Ranger on the power play on Oct. 27 vs. the Islanders.

2004-05 SEASON: Appeared in 45 games with HC Lassenberger Plzen in the Czech Republic Extraleague (Czech), registering 16 goals and 18 assists … Led the club with 16 goals and ranked second with 18 assists and 34 points.

2003-04 SEASON: Skated in 22 games with Pittsburgh, registering four goals and eight assists … Was traded to Los Angeles on Nov. 30.

2002-03 SEASON: In 60 games with Pittsburgh, collected 18 goals and 28 assists for 46 points … Ranked second on the team in scoring, second in goals and third in assists … Ranked second on the team in power play goals (seven) and tied for first in game-winning goals (four) … Posted 10 multiple-point games … Tallied his first career overtime goal on Jan. 4 vs. the NY Islanders …  Registered his 500th career point with a goal on Mar. 18 vs. Detroit.

2001-02 SEASON: After skating in the season’s first 11 games, suffered a broken leg on Oct. 28 vs. Florida … Did not play in the next 47 games (Oct. 31 to Feb. 12) … Returned from injury on Feb. 27 vs. Los Angeles, but suffered a fractured orbital/sinus bone in the first period … Did not play in the next four games (Feb. 28 to Mar. 5) … Re-injured his broken leg in his return to the lineup on Mar. 7 vs. Carolina … Did not play in the final 18 games.

2000-01 SEASON:
Established career highs in assists (68) and points (95) for Pittsburgh.  … Tied for fourth in the NHL in scoring and third in assists … Tied for second on the team in scoring, ranked fifth in goals (27) and second in assists … Notched his fourth career hat trick and tied a career-high with four points (three goals and one assist) on Jan. 8 at Washington … Ranked second on the team in scoring … Tallied the series clinching overtime goal in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Apr. 23 vs.Washington … Also notched an overtime goal in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on May 8 vs. Buffalo.

1999-2000 SEASON:
Ranked fourth on the team in goals, assists and points (59) ... Skated in his 500th NHL game on Feb. 22 at the Rangers … Missed 11 games due to injury.

1998-99 SEASON: Tied for 11th in the NHL in scoring with 83 points … Also tied for 15th with 48  assists, tied for fourth with four shorthanded goals and tied for second with six shorthanded points … Established a career-high in goals … Ranked second on the team in goals, assists and points … Led the team in shorthanded goals … Appeared in the NHL All-Star Game for the first time in his career on Jan. 24 in Tampa Bay … Skated in 13 postseason contests, notching six goals and nine assists … Led the team in playoff goals, assists and points … Posted his first career playoff hat trick in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Apr. 25 vs. New Jersey.

1997-98 SEASON: Collected 19 goals and 23 assists in 75 games with Pittsburgh … Ranked fifth on the team in points (42) … Led the team in shorthanded goals (three) ... Missed seven games due to a broken foot he suffered on Dec. 29 vs. the NY Islanders.

1996-97 SEASON: Recorded seven goals and 22 assists in 55 games with Florida.

1995-96 SEASON: Appeared in 77 games with Ottawa, the NY Islanders and Florida, recording 13 goals and 30 assists … Before the trade to Long Island, tallied nine goals and 16 assists in 43 games with Ottawa … Skated in 13 postseason contests for Florida, collecting four points.

1995 SEASON:
Collected four goals and 12 assists in 31 games with the Penguins prior to being traded to Ottawa on Apr. 7 ... Notched one goal and one assist with the Senators in six games following the trade.

1993-94 SEASON:
In a career high 84 games with Pittsburgh, registered 30 goals and 34 assists … Led the club in plus/minus rating (plus-24), ranked fourth in goals (30) and sixth in points (64) … Netted his first career hat trick on Mar. 8 vs. Boston.

1992-93 SEASON: Posted three goals and 13 assists in 42 games with the Penguins in his rookie year … Notched two goals, including his first career NHL goal (Mike Richter), against the Rangers on Feb. 10.

INTERNATIONAL CAREER:
Captured a bronze medal with the Czech Republic team at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy tallying two goals and six assists along with six penalty minutes in eight games; Led his team in scoring with eight points … Skated in the 2005 World Championships in Austria, collecting three goals and one assist in nine contests, helping lead the team to a gold medal finish … Appeared in six games with the Czech Republic during the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, registering one goal and two assists, en route to capturing the gold medal … Participated in both the 1996 and 2004 World Cup of Hockey and skated in the World Junior Championships in 1991 (bronze medal) and two additional World Hockey Championships (2003, 2004).

EUROPEAN CAREER:
1990-91: Picked up 31 points (seven goals and 24 assists) in 47 games with Plzen. 1991-92: Collected 27 goals and 28 assists for 55 points in 50 games with Plzen ... Tallied 10 goals and 11 assists for 21 points in 19 games with Plzen. 1994-95: Ranked fourth on the team in scoring despite playing in only 19 games.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS: June 20, 1992 - Pittsburgh Penguins’ first round choice, 19th overall, in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft. Apr. 7, 1995 – Traded to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for Norm Maciver and Troy Murray. Jan. 23, 1996 – Traded to the NY Islanders from Ottawa, along with Don Beaupre and Bryan Berard for Damian Rhodes and Wade Redden. Mar. 15, 1996 – Claimed on waivers by the Florida Panthers from the NY Islanders. Aug. 7, 1997 – Signed as a free agent by the Pittsburgh Penguins. Nov. 30, 2003 – Traded to the Los Angeles Kings from Pittsburgh in exchange for Martin Strbak and Sergei Anshakov. Aug. 2, 2005 – Signed as a free agent by the Rangers.

LONGEST POINT STREAK: 11, 11/19/07 - 12/12/07 (seven goals,12 assists)

LONGEST GOAL STREAK:
5 (twice), last - 2/25/99 - 3/7/99 (six goals)

LONGEST ASSIST STREAK: 7, 11/28/07 - 12/12/07 (nine assists)

MOST GOALS, GAME:
3, (six times), last – Jan. 4, 2007 vs. Phi. (Esche)

MOST ASSISTS, GAME: 3, (eight times), last – Mar. 2, 2001 at NYR

MOST POINTS, GAME: 4, (eight times), last – Dec. 28, 2005 at NYI

MOST PIM, GAME: 15, (twice), last – Dec. 31, 1995 vs. T.B.

MOST SHOTS, GAME: 9, Oct. 10, 2001 vs. NYI

FIRST NHL GAME: Nov. 7, 1992 at Tor.

FIRST NHL GOAL: Feb. 10, 1993 vs. NYR (Richter)