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Blues and Sharks square off in game 3 of the semifinals

Blues Vince Dunn was injured when he was hit by a puck as Sharks Melker Karlsson defends during the first period of the game between the St. Louis Blues and the San Jose Sharks in the semifinals of the Stanley Cup playoffs on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at the Enterprise Center. Photo by J.B. Forbes,

The Blues took Thursday off, for the most part, giving their bodies a rest after winning the Western Conference finals. But not everyone stayed off the ice.

Defenseman Vince Dunn, out since taking a puck to the face in Game 3 of the San Jose series, skated on Wednesday and was scheduled to skate Thursday as he tries to get back in the lineup after what are believed to be concussion symptoms.

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

In his absence, the Blues put Carl Gunnarsson back in the lineup and have done well, though Dunn is much more of an offensive threat than Gunnarsson is.

In the wake of Tuesday's Game 6 win, the Blues had all of Wednesday off -- several went to the Cardinals game -- and came back Thursday for off ice work. 

"We'll get some practice time in, but rest is important too coming off the series," Berube said. "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, practicing tomorrow."

While the Blues will have five days without a game, that's nothing compared to Boston, which will go 10 days without a game after sweeping Carolina in the Eastern final.

"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 break is going to be OK mentally and physically for us."

"I guess really the preparation starts today," captain Alex Pietrangelo said. "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. Recharge the batteries as best we can because before you know it Monday is going to be here. I guess preparation really starts today and tomorrow."

"Take a day off, enjoy time with your family, come back today, get a workout in, get the body moving again," forward Pat Maroon said. "It's always nice when you have a break. You kind of need it. Your brain needs it, your body needs it. I'm a guy that likes to play every other day. It's good because when you get in a groove, your teams playing well, you feel good about it. This is much needed and the guys are going to take advantage of it."

Tom Timmermann is a Blues beat writer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.