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Rangers’ Dvorak Injures Left Knee

October 26, 2002

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NEW YORK (AP) _ Rangers forward Radek Dvorak injured his left knee Friday night when he caught his skate in the ice and was helped to the locker room.

Dvorak is scheduled for an MRI on Saturday and did not accompany the team for its trip to Toronto for a game that night.

He wore a sleeve over his knee after New York’s 6-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings but did not appear to be limping.

The injury happened with 3:40 left in the second period when he and Los Angeles’ Mikko Eloranta met across the ice from the player benches. Dvorak went down awkwardly and struggled to get back on his skates.

``I tried to make a play, tried to turn and I twisted my knee,″ Dvorak said.

When Dvorak finally got up, he labored to skate the width of the ice to the bench and was unable to put weight on his left leg. He remained on the bench until the next play stoppage and was then assisted to the dressing room by two people.

``There was big pain inside my knee so I went to the locker room to see the doctor,″ Dvorak said.

Last season, Dvorak injured his right knee _ tearing one ligament and spraining another _ on March 13 against Boston. He missed the final 14 games of the season and just recently got back to playing.

``It was kind of similar pain that I had last year but it wasn’t that bad,″ Dvorak said. ``But I was kind of scared, though, a little bit. I just want to make sure. I just want to know what’s going on.″

Dvorak has played in all nine games this season and recorded one assist.

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