The Canadiens delivered some bad news at practice Monday: defenceman Alexei Emelin is out for the rest of the season after suffering a torn ligament in his left knee as a result of a collision with Boston’s Milan Lucic during Saturday’s victory over the Bruins.

Meanwhile, Rene Bourque, who has been sidelined by a concussion since Feb. 22, took to the ice with his teammates for practice in Brossard, skating on a line with Jeff Halpern and Travis Moen as the Canadiens prepared to face Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals Tuesday night at the Bell Centre (7:30 p.m., TSN-HABS, RDS, TSN Radio 690). Unless there is a setback, expect to see Bourque in the lineup Tuesday.

Defenceman Nathan Beaulieu, who was called up from the Hamilton Bulldogs on the weekend, was on the ice at practice and will take Emelin’s spot in the lineup.