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Andrew Shaw of Canadiens out for Game 6 against Rangers

Forward sidelined with upper-body injury

by Arpon Basu @ArponBasu / Senior Managing Editor

NEW YORK -- Montreal Canadiens forward Andrew Shaw will not be in the lineup for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports) because of an upper-body injury.

Center Brian Flynn will take Shaw's spot and is expected to center a line with Alex Galchenyuk on left wing and Paul Byron on the right. It will be Flynn's first game of these Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Shaw was hit hard by Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi behind the New York net about seven minutes into overtime in Game 5 on Thursday. Shaw played one shift after the hit. The Rangers won 3-2 to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 series.

"It happens in playoffs, there's some injuries and things like that happen, that's why you go out and get some depth," Montreal coach Claude Julien said. "That's why you have extra players. You insert players in that sometimes are fresh and can maybe give you what you need in order to get the results that you want."

Montreal rookie forward Michael McCarron will play his first NHL playoff game, taking the place of forward Torrey Mitchell on the fourth line.

"Especially in an elimination game where we're all ready to go, I'm happy that he gave me the confidence to put me in there and bring some energy to the locker room and onto the ice," McCarron said.

Canadiens defenseman Nathan Beaulieu will be a healthy scratch. He will be replaced in the lineup by Brandon Davidson, who played in Games 3 and 4 in New York but was scratched for Game 5 with the return from injury of defenseman Alexei Emelin.

Beaulieu played the first five games of the series. He was a healthy scratch twice during the regular season.

"We feel that Davidson, he's probably not as offensive-minded [as Beaulieu] but he's a guy that's got some good grit and defends fairly well," Julien said.

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