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Knee injury derails Blackburn's comeback

A streak of bad luck is continuing for goaltender Dan Blackburn.

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Blackburn suffered an MCL sprain in his left knee during a scrimmage at Rangers camp on Thursday and is expected to be out two weeks.

It was another setback for the 22-year-old, who was trying to come back after missing the 2003-04 season due to a nerve injury in his shoulder.

Blackburn was in camp as a tryout, playing with a second blocker instead of a catching glove because of the previous shoulder injury.

A teammate fell on Blackburn during a scrum in front of the net. He was immediately taken to a hospital for an MRI, which revealed the sprain.

Even if Blackburn hadn't suffered the injury, it was going to be quite the battle for him to make the Rangers' roster. There is a battle between Kevin Weekes and Henrik Lundqvist for the starting spot, and Blackburn was fifth on the team's depth chart.

Blackburn was selected 10th overall by the Rangers in the 2001 draft.