Stanley Cup Final 2019: Vince Dunn, Oscar Sundqvist back for Game 4 — just in time

first_imgCenter Oskar Sundqvist, suspended one game for a boarding infraction on Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk in Game 2, rejoins St. Louis’ fourth line with Ivan Barbashev and Alex Steen.”I just wanted to feel myself getting used to the speed of things. The more I practiced, the faster I was catching up to things,” the smooth-skating Dunn, 22, said Monday. “So I gotta feel like myself out there, I want to be able to be effective and I want to be the player that I was (before the injury).” Related News Getting Dunn along with Sundqvist back couldn’t come at a better time.The Blues are coming off a 7-2 home loss Saturday in which the Bruins’ power play was 4-for-4 and needed only 2:06 of power-play time and four shots to score the four goals. Ouch. More important, Boston took a 2-1 series lead and reclaimed the home-ice advantage in the best-of-seven series.”It was tough obviously. You want to be out there with them and it felt like it was a night that took forever. So, I’m happy to be back,” Sundqvist said (via NHL.com) of watching Saturday’s shellacking and knowing he’s one of the Blues’ better penalty-killing forwards.While Sundqvist, the forward, offers defensive help, Dunn, the defenseman, offers an offensive skill set that coach Craig Berube pointed to Monday.”He moves the puck as good as anybody on our team from our own end out transition-wise, and Dunn has the ability of doing high-end things in the offensive zone sometimes,” Berube said. “Not all the time, but there’s just times where he can do things that wow you a little bit and make a great play, or score a goal from nothing. He can make something from nothing a lot of time in those areas.”Berube also made some other lineup moves, shuffling three of his lines, most notably putting Zach Sanford, who was on the fourth line in Game 3, on the second line with center Ryan O’Reilly and winger David Perron for Game 4.One change Berube didn’t make: Goalie Jordan Binnington, pulled in the second period of Game 3 after the Bruins’ fifth goal, will be back in net to start Monday. Berube’s decision to stick with the rookie could be influenced by the fact that he’s 6-2 after losses in his first NHL playoffs.”In his bounce-back games,” the Blues coach said, “it’s just his calmness and his mannerisms more than anything. I think he goes back in there and he feels real confident about himself.” As if to reinforce what Berube noted, Binnington, when asked Monday about his confidence after being pulled for the first time in his NHL career, said of Game 4: “It’s another game. You prepare the same way.”Game time in St. Louis is 8 p.m. ET.With reporting by Sporting News’ Jackie Spiegel in St. Louis. Stanley Cup Final 2019: Blues’ Jordan Binnington benched for first time in playoffscenter_img Stanley Cup Final 2019: Three takeaways from Bruins’ Game 3 win over Blues The Blues will get back two key players — one from injury and the other from suspension — for Monday’s crucial Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Bruins.Defenseman Vince Dunn, sidelined since taking a puck to the face in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final against the Sharks, returns to the Blues’ third defensive pairing with Carl Gunnarsson, replacing Robert Bortuzzo.last_img read more

Valencia cancels the press conferences and the tribute to the Guaje Villa for the Coronavirus

first_imgValencia reports that it suspends the press conference of Albert Celades scheduled for Friday in the previous match against Betis and also the “previous and subsequent” appearances to the game this Saturday in Mestalla. The club makes this decision at the request of the health authorities and as a preventive measure of infection by coronavirus COVID-19. The journalist Kike Mateu, of Intereconomía and Las Provincias, was the first case of coronavirus confirmed in the city of Valencia by the Generalitat Valenciana, which at the end of Thursday confirmed four other cases around the communicator. Valencia has maintained permanent communication with the health authorities in the last hours and “in line with the recommendations marked” by them “Any non-sports public activity with members of the first team is canceled in the next few days.”The tribute to Guaje Villa is postponedValencia is also going to cancel the tribute that the Guaje Villa would receive in the prolegames of the encounter. The Spaniard, to whom the club is going to dedicate one of the canvases of the Mestalla facade, was going to do the honor roll and was going to perform a private act in the Mestalla box, with attention to the press included. Finally, the club has informed the Asturian player that another more suitable date will be sought. Valencia, which has promptly informed LaLiga and Real Betis of the measures to be taken, he wants to isolate the members of his staff and also those of the Betic group of possible sources of contagion, such as closed spaces in the press room of Paterna or Mestalla. The club makes this decision after confirming last Thursday of the first positive cases of coronavirus infection, one of them in the “environment of the media that usually cover the first team information”.last_img read more