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Dunn ready to return for Game 4

Vince Dunn has missed six games after being injured in Western Conference Final

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

ST. LOUIS - Vince Dunn will return to the lineup on Monday when the Blues meet the Boston Bruins in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final (7 p.m., NBC, KMOX).

Dunn will be making his first appearance since being hit in the face with a puck off a shot from San Jose's Brenden Dillon in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final.

"It feels like I have a mouthguard in at all times," Dunn told reporters after practice Monday. "It's not the easiest to be eating things. But other than that, I can't really complain. I'm here in the finals, it's very special to me, it's very special to all of us."

"It's tough mentally watching the games and obviously not being on the ice. It's hard to watch," Dunn added. "But it's a special feeling to be part of this team right now. We've done a great job so far and just watching from above, you see things differently and you can learn a little bit, too. I just try to take it all in when I was watching and in practices, try to improve my game."

Video: Vince Dunn on returning to the lineup

Dunn has two goals and five assists in 16 games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs this season and is expected to replace Robert Bortuzzo in the lineup for Game 4.

"If he's ready to play and he's 100 percent, he wants to go and he wants to play. We're going to get a good player back," Blues Head Coach Craig Berube said of Dunn returning. "It's going to be intense for him right away, but he'll get into it and he'll make good plays with the puck like he always does. I expect the same Vince Dunn we've seen."

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