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Dunn could return for Blues against Bruins in Game 3 of Stanley Cup Final

Defenseman has missed past five games with upper-body injury

by Tracey Myers @Tramyers_NHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

ST. LOUIS -- Vince Dunn could return for the St. Louis Blues in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins at Enterprise Center on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS).

"There's a chance," Blues coach Craig Berube said of Dunn. "We'll see how he does [on Friday]."

Dunn has been skating with the Blues since May 25. The defenseman last played in the first period of Game 3 of the Western Conference Final against the San Jose Sharks, when he was hit in the mouth by a shot from Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon. He has seven points (two goals, five assists) in 16 playoff games.

 

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If Dunn returns, it would be a difficult decision who comes out of the lineup. Carl Gunnarsson, who replaced Dunn on the third defense pair, scored 3:51 into overtime to give the Blues a 3-2 win in Game 2 at Boston on Wednesday, tying the best-of-7 series. It was Gunnarsson's first goal in 57 Stanley Cup Playoff games; he has two points (goal, assist) in 14 games this postseason. Robert Bortuzzo, also on the third pair, has two goals in 14 games, including the winner in Game 2 of the conference final against the Sharks.

Berube would not comment on whether forward Robert Thomas, who did not play in Game 2, could return for Game 3. Berube said Thomas has an unspecified injury that has nothing to do with a hit he took from Bruins defenseman Torey Krug with 10:19 remaining in the third period of the Blues' 4-2 loss in Game 1. Thomas has six points (goal, five assists) in 20 playoff games.

Robby Fabbri, who took Thomas' spot in the lineup, played 10:14 in Game 2 and has one goal in nine playoff games.

"We've had injuries all year. We've had guys go down, and other guys have stepped up," Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo said. "You want to have depth for this exact reason. [Fabbri] comes in last night and he played a fantastic game for us. It's not easy to jump in at this level and play the way he did."

The Blues will not have forward Oskar Sundqvist, who on Thursday was suspended for Game 3 by the NHL Department of Player Safety for boarding Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk in the first period of Game 2.

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