The St. Louis Blues were without one of their regular defensemen Tuesday as Carl Gunnarsson sat out Game 4 of their first-round series against the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks with an upper-body injury.
Robert Bortuzzo, who recorded one assist in eight playoff games with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2014, replaced Gunnarsson in the lineup. The Blues entered Tuesday’s contest with a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Gunnarsson saw more than 18 1/2 minutes of ice time in each of the first three games of the postseason matchup, topping out at 20 minutes, 29 seconds in the series opener. The 29-year-old has registered one shot on goal and five blocked shots in the showdown between the Central Division rivals but has not recorded a point.
The 6-foot-2, 196-pound Gunnarsson notched three goals and six assists in 72 games during the regular season – his second with the Blues. He has collected 20 tallies and 107 points in 437 regular-season contests with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Blues while registering one assist in 16 playoff games.
Selected by Toronto in the seventh round of the 2007 draft, Gunnarsson made his NHL debut in 2009-10, recording three goals and 12 assists in 43 games. The Swede spent four more seasons with the Maple Leafs before being traded to St. Louis on June 28, 2014.
A native of Orebro, Gunnarsson has represented Sweden at three IIHF World Championships, winning the bronze medal in both 2009 and 2010 before capturing silver the following year.