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With no back surgery, Straka's season is saved

Updated: September 12, 2002, 6:18 PM ET
Associated Press

Straka

CANONSBURG, Pa. -- Pittsburgh Penguins forward Martin Straka finally got some good medical news, learning Thursday that he probably won't need surgery to repair what was initially feared to be a serious back injury.

An operation almost certainly would have ended Straka's season. The NHL's fourth-leading scorer two years ago with 95 points, he was limited to 13 games last season by a broken right leg, a broken orbital bone and a damaged ankle.

"This is great ...

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