Alex Pietrangelo Injury: Blues Defenseman To Play In Game 3

Apr 7, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; St. Louis Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo (27) calls for the puck during the game against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Blues defeated the Stars 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE

St. Louis Blues' defenseman Alex Pietrangelo will return for the club's Game 3 matchup against the LA Kings.

St. Louis defenseman Alex Pietrangelo will play for the Blues in a crucial Game 3 in Los Angeles on Thursday night. Pietrangelo was injured in the first game of the series on Saturday when he was hit from behind by LA's Dwight King and went tumbling face first into the board behind the goal. He cut his chin and left the ice in the second period and did not return. The Blues then announced he was out for Game 2 with an "undisclosed injury," stemming from the hit from King.

King faced no disciplinary sanctions from the league and Brendan Shanahan, although the Blues' B.J. Crombeen did drop the gloves with him in Game 2. Pietrangelo's return will be a boost on the blue line for St. Louis, who cannot afford to fall into an 0-3 hole against the No. 8 seed Kings on their home ice.

For more on the Kings, head to Jewels From The Crown and SB Nation Los Angeles. For more on the Blues, visit St. Louis Game Time and SB Nation St. Louis. For complete coverage of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs, stick with SB Nation's NHL hub.

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