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Wednesday, May 14

Updated: May 14, 1:09 PM ET

Redden nursing strained left knee

Associated Press

OTTAWA -- Ottawa Senators defenseman Wade Redden walked with a slight limp Wednesday and might miss Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals because of a strained left knee.

Coach Jacques Martin listed Redden as day-to-day. The Senators play at the New Jersey Devils on Thursday.

"We'll know more tomorrow morning. If it feels good, I'll be going on it,'' Redden said shortly after having the knee evaluated. "It's not that serious. It's a little tender when I move it.

"I'm confident I'll be back in this series before it's over.''

The best-of-seven series is tied 1-1.

Redden said Wednesday's tests didn't find a ligament tear.

He leads Ottawa in ice time, playing more than 25 minutes a game this postseason. Redden tops the team's defensemen in points, with a goal and seven assists.

If Redden can't play, the Senators will turn to Shane Hnidy, who sat out the last 12 games.

"There's a certain amount of pressure for everyone,'' Hnidy said. "It's a challenge to yourself, and I want to be there for my teammates. I'm not going to go out there and play like Wade Redden, I'm going to play like Shane Hnidy and play my game.''

Redden was hurt when he knocked knees with New Jersey's Turner Stevenson in the third period of New Jersey's 4-1 victory Tuesday. It happened behind the Senators' net, just as Redden cleared the puck around the boards.

"It's one of those hits where I don't think he intended to do that,'' Redden said. "Knee-on-knee -- it's bad luck I guess.''

Ottawa defenseman Curtis Leschyshyn accused Stevenson of sticking his leg out.

"It's not going over big right now,'' Leschyshyn said. "You can't be sticking your knee out, accidentally or not.''

Stevenson said after the game he wasn't trying to hurt Redden.
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