BROSSARD, Quebec -- Montreal Canadiens defenseman Nathan Beaulieu will be a game-time decision for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Bell Centre on Saturday.
Montreal coach Michel Therrien said that Beaulieu has been cleared to return from an upper-body injury that has sidelined him for the past seven games.
"Yes, he's ready to play," Therrien said. "He's 100 percent and we'll let you know if he's going to be in the lineup."
Beaulieu has not played since Game 3 of the Canadiens' first-round series against the Ottawa Senators. He had one assist in three games, all Montreal wins, which won the series in six games.