The Montreal Canadiens lost the services of Nathan Beaulieu on Thursday as the defenseman left their 3-0 road victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning after one period with a broken thumb.
Beaulieu suffered the injury while blocking a pass the Canadiens announced on their Twitter account that he will miss the team’s final four games of the season. The blue-liner recorded one shot and blocked another while delivering one hit in 8 minutes, 15 seconds of ice time before departing.
The 23-year-old Beaulieu has registered career highs of two goals and 17 assists in 64 games this season.
Selected with the 17th overall pick in the 2011 draft, Beaulieu made his NHL debut in 2012-13, notching a pair of assists in six games. He also set up two goals the following season, when he appeared in 17 contests.
Beaulieu secured a position in Montreal’s lineup last season, when he recorded a goal and eight assists in 64 games. The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder has collected three tallies and 32 points in 151 regular-season contests while notching three assists in 12 playoff matches.
A native of Strathroy, Ontario, Beaulieu helped Canada capture the bronze medal at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship. He also won the Memorial Cup in 2011 while playing for the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.