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Penguins sit Martin with a lower body injury

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Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011

Defenseman Paul Martin was out of the Penguins' lineup against Buffalo on Saturday because of a lower body injury he suffered against Ottawa early in the third period of Friday's 6-4 loss.

Coach Dan Bylsma said before the game he does not know the extent of the injury, calling Martin's status day-to-day.

With the Penguins riddled with injuries, the club Saturday called up defenseman Carl Sneep and forward Jason Williams from their Wilkes-Barre/Scranton AHL affiliate. Williams has played in two games with the Penguins this season. Sneep was making his NHL debut.

Martin has been a workhorse for the Penguins since signing a five-year, $25 million free-agent contract in 2010. He appeared in all but five games last season and in all 32 games this year, playing added minutes with fellow defensemen Kris Letang, Zbynek Michalek, Brian Strait and Ben Lovejoy all on the injured reserve list.

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