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Blues and Sharks square off in game 2 of the semifinals

Blues Vince Dunn blocks a shot that was headed for goalie Jordan Binnington 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 Monday, May 13, 2019, at the SAP Center in San Jose. Photo by J.B. Forbes,

Vince Dunn, who appears to be the only thing this blog has been focused on in recent days, took the ice at Enterprise Center on Saturday afternoon for a well-attended optional skate and will travel with the Blues to Boston for the start of the Stanley Cup Final.

There was no official update on Dunn's status. Neither Dunn nor coach Craig Berube spoke to reporters on Saturday. (It's uncertain at this point just how well Dunn could talk.) But Dunn is making the trip.

It was the first time Dunn has skated with the Blues since he took a puck to the face in the first period of Game 3 of the San Jose series. He wore a full visor, that went down as far as the clear plastic faceguard he wore. 

Dunn was believed to be having concussion symptoms, along with whatever damage was done by the puck hitting him around the mouth.

There was no contact during Saturday's optional practice, which consisted mostly of skating, passing and shooting drills.

Robert Thomas was on the ice for the practice, the first time he had skated with the team since before Game 3 of the San Jose series. He has taken maintenance days at each practice since then and hasn't missed a game.

Almost the whole team was on the ice for the quick practice before the team flew to Boston. The only players not on the ice were goalie Jordan Binnington, defensemen Colton Parayko and Jay Bouwmeester and forwards Ryan O'Reilly, David Perron and Ivan Barbashev.

In addition to the regulars, the Blues will take defensemen Mitch Reinke and Chris Butler and forward Jordan Nolan with them on the trip.

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