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Paul Stastny, Alexander Steen, Joel Edmundson, Robert Bortuzzo, Ryan Miller

Paul Stastny (left) and Blues teammates celebrate Alexander Steen's goal last Friday in a game at Vancouver. Stastny later suffered a broken foot in the game. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Blues center Paul Stastny will miss some time after blocking a shot in Friday's 4-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks.

The club announced that Stastny has flown back to St. Louis and a further update on his status will be given after the team returns to town from its current six-game road trip.

So, the Blues will be without their top-line center Sunday in Winnipeg, Tuesday in Montreal, and likely longer.

Stastny was hit by a slap shot off the stick of Vancouver's Matt Bartkowski with 4 minutes, 10 seconds left in the second period. He left for the locker room and did not return for the remainder of the period.

The news was good when the club emerged from the locker room, as Stastny took the ice with his teammates. But it was short-lived, as he took a test twirl around the ice and then left the game for good.

Stastny had been off to a good start. He netted five points (1 goal, 4 assists) through five games.

There is no word yet on whether the Blues will call up anyone to replace Stastny. They have one extra forward on the trip, as Ryan Reaves was a healthy scratch Friday in Vancouver.

Jeremy Rutherford is the lead Blues beat writer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.