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Sabres' Beaulieu returns to practice after three-game absence

Nathan Beaulieu lost so much weight last week that he refuses to even dole the exact figure.

"A ton," the Sabres defenseman said Monday. "I lost an extreme amount of weight and was pretty weak."

Flu-like symptoms rocked the 200-pound Beaulieu, who returned to practice in KeyBank Center after failing to join Buffalo on its three-game road trip. He's questionable for Tuesday's home game against Ottawa.

"It's tough with these things," Beaulieu said. "Some days you feel really good, and then some days you think you've still got a bit of it. Good sweats are the best things you can do, so today was my best day yet. I'm pretty optimistic."

Beaulieu started feeling ill during the Dec. 2 game in Pittsburgh. He left after skating just 7:46.

"I threw up twice on the bench," he said. "It was just wasn't the right thing to do to be around my team. It wasn't fair to them. I didn't want to pass it on."

The Sabres returned home after the Pittsburgh game and left for Colorado on Monday. Bealieu stayed home, missing Tuesday's victory over the Avalanche and overtime losses in Chicago and St. Louis.

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"It was a really weird situation," Beaulieu said. "It was unfortunate, but those type of things you don't really want to fly with the team and spread the germs.

"It knocked me out pretty good, hit me really hard. I've never been hit by that before. … I did everything I could to get back. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to. The guys did a great job, and hopefully I'll be out there soon."

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