The Montreal Canadiens could have Alex Galchenyuk ready to go during their Eastern Conference Final series against the New York Rangers.
Galchenyuk wore a regular practice jersey with his teammates at Friday's morning skate, indicating he's been cleared for contact.
The 20-year-old forward suffered a suspected right knee injury in a game against the Chicago Blackhawks on Apr. 9. Galchenyuk, who skated on a line with extras Travis Moen, George Parros and Ryan White on Friday, was also on the team's Game 7 trip to Boston and took part in the morning skate wearing a non-contact jersey.
"First of all, he's not played for six weeks or almost six weeks," head coach Michel Therrien said after practice. "So that was great news for us today that he was capable to practice with the team.
"This is another step, and he's going to need some more practice with the team to make sure that he's in the best shape physically, mentally about performing in the playoffs. But that's good news. Eventually he'll certainly get a shot because he's an important player for our team, but I was excited to see Alex back with the guys today."
Canadiens Practice Lines
Pacioretty - Desharnais - Gallagher
Bournival - Plekanec - Vanek
Bourque - Eller - Gionta
Prust - Briere - Weise
Galchenyuk - White - Parros/Moen
Markov - Emelin
Gorges - Subban
Beaulieu - Weaver
Bouillon - Tinordi