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Pageau provides an injury update

by Craig Medaglia / Ottawa Senators

After leaving the game against the Tampa Bay Lightning late in the second period before ultimately returning, Jean-Gabriel Pageau talks about the hit and subsequent knee injury he suffered.

On being able to return to the game after the knee injury:

Yeah. I felt all right. When I got hit, I felt uncomfortable and that's why I skated off. After that, we figured out it was just a bruise so I could get back. It got a little tight so for the next few days I think it's ice and stretching and I should be fine to play.

His thoughts on the hit:

I hope it was an accident. Nobody wants to hurt anyone. I tried to make a move and he was coming to finish his check. I was in an awkward position so maybe he could have not hit me to avoid that. I guess it ended up being a little bit dangerous for sure.

If he felt the injury later in the third period and overtime:

Yeah for sure. It was tight for the rest of the game. When I was coming back to the bench I was just trying to stretch it to make sure it was still warm. I felt it for sure all game that's why now I need to do a little treatment to be ready to go 100%.

On the injury giving him a little extra motivation when he returned:

I just want to help the team to win so I didn't want to let this stop me from playing my game. I just tried to keep going the same way and trying to help the team. I think we did a great job.

Pageau and the Sens return to action this Saturday night at home when they host the Washington Capitals. The team currently sits just 3 points out of the final wildcard playoff spot in the Eastern conference behind both the Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings

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