Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Blues Notebook: With Steen Back in Lineup, Fabbri's Back on Bench

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Blues Notebook: With Steen Back in Lineup, Fabbri's Back on Bench

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DALLAS - With Alexander Steen back in the lineup after a two-game hiatus for the birth of his daughter, it's back to the bench for Robby Fabbri.

Fabbri played in the Colorado and Minnesota games over the weekend, joking that he was glad he didn't ruin the Blues' winning streak. But Steen returned for Tuesday's 3-2 overtime victory against Toronto at Enterprise Center, registering an assist on Jaden Schwartz's goal and playing nearly 16 minutes.

"What can you do, right?" Fabbri said. "It's just the way the game goes. The boys are rolling right now, so there's not much to be upset about. But just try and stay as ready as I can."

Fabbri averaged 11 minutes, 52 seconds of ice time in the Blues' victories over the Avalanche and Wild. He had no goals or assists, and had five total shot attempts, two of which were on goal and three of which were blocked.

"First game back in a while and at that altitude, I definitely felt it a little early (in Colorado)," Fabbri said. "But I think in both games I felt strong. I felt fast, and I was making plays. A couple chances that didn't go in. But I feel like I'm where I want to be, and now it's just about getting in when I can."

As long as the Blues are healthy and winning -- and there are no babies born on game day -- Fabbri may have to wait a while longer to return to the lineup.

"Yeah, it's tough obviously with Fabbs," interim coach Craig Berube said. "Going back with the injuries, he missed a lot of hockey. It's not easy for him, but his attitude's been really good. We're all there for him. He'll get back in."

As for Fabbri's play in those two games, Berube said: "I'm sure he has hesitation in his game from being out so long. It's hard. And right now, the game is fast. Everybody's battling and fighting for playoff position, or to get in the playoffs. ... But I thought he did OK."

Fabbri's highlight play of the weekend came Sunday in Minnesota when he rushed back to the net in the third period to stop a wraparound attempt by Charlie Coyle on goalie Jordan Binnington. …

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