Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Blues Notebook: Dunn Resumes Skating after Taking Puck to Head in Game 3

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Blues Notebook: Dunn Resumes Skating after Taking Puck to Head in Game 3

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Defenseman Vince Dunn, who missed the final three games of the San Jose series after taking a puck to the face in Game 3, is making progress and has resumed skating.

"Vince is doing pretty good," coach Craig Berube said Thursday morning. "He actually skated (Wednesday), he's going to skate today again. I'll know more today. If he can get on the ice with us (Friday) it's a real good thing. He'd be going in the right direction for sure."

Dunn is believed to be out with concussion symptoms, and if he can skate on consecutive days, that's a sign of a closer return. While he's been out, Carl Gunnarsson has filled in and the Blues haven't missed a beat defensively, allowing just two goals in the three games played without Dunn.


The Blues took Wednesday, the day after they won the Western Conference final, off, and on Thursday, they limited themselves to off-ice work. Practice will resume on Friday.

"We'll get some practice time in," Berube said, "but rest is important too coming off the series. The series were long, physical series. We're going to take a couple days to recover a little bit, then we'll get back at it."

The Blues will go five days between games, for them the longest gap other than their combined All-Star week/bye week break. Boston, meanwhile, will go 10 days between games.

"Can't worry about rust," Berube said. "We just have to prepare to play and, it boils down to having good energy and execution. But the energy is important, it really is. You've got to have the legs to get there. This is break is going to be OK mentally and physically for us."

Some of the Blues went to the Cardinals game on Wednesday as everyone got a breather.

"I guess really the preparation starts today," captain Alex Pietrangelo said Thursday. "We took yesterday off so most guys had a chance to take a break and spend time with their family because once this thing gets going, we're going to be there a couple days early. …

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