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Blues face absence of another defenseman
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The St. Louis Blues played most of the regular season without one of their top two defensemen. They played Game 3 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series without the other.
Defenseman Al MacInnis suffered an apparent right shoulder injury during Saturday's 2-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks and didn't play in Game 3 on Monday night. The best-of-seven
series is tied at 1.
The team described it as an "upper body injury," but recalled
defenseman Tom Koivisto from Worcester of the AHL, where the 28-year-old Finn had two goals and four
assists in 22 games.
"I don't want to speculate too far ahead of ourselves," Blues coach Joel Quenneville told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Sunday. "We're strictly looking short term. It's day to day."
MacInnis was hammered into the boards by 245-pound Canucks left
wing Todd Bertuzzi early in the first period and immediately
favored his right arm. He went to the locker room and did not
The 39-year-old defenseman has been used against Vancouver's top
line of Bertuzzi, Markus Naslund and Brendan Morrison.
MacInnis took over as team captain this season, when former Hart
and Norris Trophy Chris Pronger missed all but five games
following wrist surgery. He held together a defense that played
in front of seven goaltenders and helped Barret Jackman round
into a Calder Trophy candidate.
"He's a big part of our team," Jackman said. "Any time you play
a shift, a period or three periods without him, everyone's gotta
MacInnis led all NHL defensemen in scoring during the season
with 16 goals and 52 assists and likely will be a finalist for
his second Norris Trophy.
"We've had a lot of injuries over the course of the year and we
seem to find a way to win. So we're going to have to do it, but
it's obviously a big loss for us," Pronger said. "He's an
integral part of our team and our leader, so we're going to have
to find a way to fill in."
SportsTicker contributed to this report.