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Canadiens defenseman Beaulieu out for rest of series

by Sean Farrell /

Montreal Canadiens defenseman Nathan Beaulieu will miss the rest of the Eastern Conference First Round series against the Ottawa Senators with an upper-body injury.

Beaulieu absorbed two hits from Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson in the second period of Game 3 on Sunday. Although Beaulieu returned, he did not play in the third period or overtime.

"He's been playing really well for us," Canadiens goalie Carey Price said after practice in Saint-Jovite, Quebec, on Tuesday. "He's been moving the puck, he's been eating up some minutes for us, but at the same time we knew going into the playoffs that some guys would probably end up missing some time at some point, so it's just time for other guys to take the opportunity and run with it."

Montreal coach Michel Therrien said rookie defenseman Greg Pateryn will play Wednesday.

"We like the way he carried himself once he joined us late in the season," Therrien said. "He's a rugged defenseman. He skates well, makes a good first pass and has a good shot, so that's why we're putting him in the lineup."

Pateryn has played 20 games with the Canadiens, including 17 this season after he was recalled from Hamilton of the American Hockey League. He will make his Stanley Cup Playoff debut at Canadian Tire Centre in Game 4.

"I found a game for me that is effective out there and something that my teammates can rely on, so I'm just going to go out every shift and play my game," Pateryn said. "The pace is a lot higher from the regular season, that's obvious from watching the first three games, but I'm excited to jump in."

Therrien bristled about speculation over the nature of Beaulieu's injury and questions about whether or not it was prudent for Beaulieu to remain on the bench even though he didn't play the rest of the game.

"The medical team is probably one of the best and if we had needed him to play, he would have been able to play, so we kept our options open," Therrien said. "You never know what might happen over the course of a game."

The Canadiens lead the best-of-7 series 3-0 and can eliminate the Senators in Game 4 on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; CBC, USA, TVA Sports).

"Ottawa has been playing well the whole series," Price said. "It easily could be the other way, a couple of overtime games, you know, a one-goal game; it's definitely been playoff hockey."

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