Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Blues Notebook: Fabbri Back in Lineup as Steen Is Out

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Blues Notebook: Fabbri Back in Lineup as Steen Is Out

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DENVER - As the Blues kept piling up the victories, forward Robby Fabbri has had to wait his turn to play.

He had been a healthy scratch for 10 consecutive games, but got back in the lineup in Saturday's 3-0 victory over the Colorado Avalanche.

"It was definitely a while," Fabbri said. "I had those nerves before the game again. It felt great just being alongside the boys out there battling. I'm just happy I didn't ruin that streak."

Didn't happen. The Blues have now won nine in a row. Fabbri played on the second line with Tyler Bozak at center and Jaden Schwartz on left wing. He got his chance because Alexander Steen raced back home after his wife, Josefine, went into labor. The Steens are proud parents of a baby girl named Noelle.

Fabbri played 17 shifts Saturday, logging 12 minutes 54 seconds of ice time. He had one shot on goal, two shots blocked, and registered one hit.

"I felt really good," Fabbri said. "The time that I've been out, I've been putting in a lot of work for this day. I was happy with my first game back."

Fabbri's regular season didn't begin until Nov. 1 as he completed the rehab and recovery process from his second knee surgery in the past two seasons. He played in 15 games, with two goals and two assists, but then suffered a shoulder injury Dec. 1 in Arizona that sidelined him for most of December.

Since returning Dec. 28 from injured reserve, he had played in only eight games prior to Saturday.

When it came to coping with being out of the lineup, Fabbri said, "I've been out for longer than that, so I'm kind of used to it. I just kept my head down and kept working, and knew this game would come and wanted to be as ready as I can."

Interim coach Craig Berube said it was "up in the air" whether Steen would rejoin the team Sunday in Minnesota.

But it looks like Steen won't be available against Minnesota because the Blues announced Saturday evening that forward Sammy Blais was being called up from San Antonio and defenseman Carl Gunnarsson (upper-body) is being placed on injured reserve. …

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