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Translations by Tomas Jandik
Martin Straka speaks after his first game (www.nhl.cz) - 21-Nov-02
http://nhl.cz/Sezona/Ar.asp?ARI=103634&CAI=2157

How did you feel after the 7 month-long break?

It was tough to get used to [playing], I returned after such a long time. I just wanted to play it simple, not to mess anything up. During the first period I had no idea what was happening around me on the ice. Then it got better, but I got exhausted at the end. About 8 minutes before the end of the last period, I stayed on the ice a little longer, and my legs got stiff. I was dead tired.

And health-wise?

Nothing hurt. I was cross-checked once and I felt some piercing pain in my back, but just for those instances, I got a custom made vest that covers my whole back.

You played almost the whole game alongside Honza Hrdina and Alexander Daigle, whom you send into a beautiful breakaway before the second Penguins goal. However, at the beginning of the last period they put you on the first line next to Lemieux and Kovalev for a while; then you returned back to Hrdina. Was working with Mario too fast for you now?

The coach wanted to elevate our game and he thought I would be able to help them. But we didnít play particularly well. With Mario, itís totally different style of hockey. I felt better next to Honza and Alexander, I played with them since the beginning of the game, and we were getting used to each other a little more.

Youíve got your second assist nine seconds before the final siren when Mario scored the equalizer. Two assists, +2, 16 Ĺ minutes on the ice, thatís a solid start, isnít it?

I didnít expect to get any points. I played the game mainly to get me going. I know I will have to improve. But all-in-all, I am quite satisfied with this first game. Thank God we got at least that 1 point out of it; it did not look good at one point.

Pittsburgh got their 4 game winning streak snapped in Florida. Did Panthers surprise you with anything?

We burned a lot of chances in the first period. Then they started flying and they were the better team for Ĺ of the game. They started forechecking, all their pucks were aimed at our goal; we had quite a lot of problems with that. We also thought that Ozolinch and Yuskievich with play against Marioís line and Yuskievich started playing against us out of nowhere.

Did you feel the impact of the new rule against fouls in the center zone?

There werenít many penalties. But one can see that after 11-12 games played, the guys got used to it, and compared to the previous years, there isnít that much hooking in the center zone anymore. Today, though, the referees let it go a little, and the guys complained in the locker room that there were some [unpenalized] fouls.

Letís go back to your health. Which of the last yearís injuries was the worst?

Definitely the back. I had no idea what was going on, and it was hurting a lot for about 5 weeks. I didnít know whether I would have to undergo a surgery. Fortunately, I didnít have to, and my back holds. I am still exercising it a lot.

Arenít you afraid to lift weights after the summer accident?

No. I donít think about it at all.

The guys in Pittsburgh joked that, because of your injuries, whoever is scheduled to room with you on the road should wear a bullet-proof vest. So, who is that ďlucky-oneĒ?

ďPepa Melichar. Fortunately, he managed to make it through the whole game. {laughter}

Melichar? But for him it was also the first game after a long break caused by a shoulder injury!

Well, it looks like they arranged it intentionally this way. So that if worst comes to worst, the guy to go down will be the one already partially-broken. {laughter}

Tomas Jandik is the resident Czech on LetsGoPens.com and is a man who unifies all the goodies of the American dream - meaning, of course, being a Pitt graduate, a Razorback, and a Penguins fan.

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