Bortuzzo scored a goal in Wednesday's 3-2 overtime victory over Boston. Bortuzzo was able to put one past the netminder for the second time this postseason. With his two playoff tallies, the blueliner matched his regular-season goal total. Not exactly an offensive stud, the Thunder Bay, Ontario native appears to be hitting his stride in the Stanley Cup Finals and could be a decent low-cost fantasy option heading into Game 3 on Saturday.
Bortuzzo scored his first career playoff goal in Monday's 4-2 win over the Sharks in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals. Bortuzzo had only registered two helpers in 30 previous postseason games before restoring the Blues' lead late in the second period. The blueliner is in the lineup due to Carl Gunnarsson's lower-body injury. Bortuzzo has managed 18 PIM, 14 hits and 14 blocked shots in eight appearances during the playoff run.
Bortuzzo (undisclosed) took part in practice Tuesday, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports. The Blues have been reluctant to play Bortuzzo, even though he was technically available for Game 6 against the Jets in the conference quarterfinals. With that physical series in the books to the sheer delight of St. Louis fans, Bortuzzo has more time to prove to the trainers and coaching staff that he's fit and ready to resume playoff action.
Bortuzzo (undisclosed) is available for Saturday's Game 6 clash against the Jets, Jim Thomas of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. This doesn't necessarily mean that Bortuzzo will play, but the rugged blueliner evidently is feeling well enough to be an option for coach Craig Berube. We recommend checking back to see who takes warmups to get a better idea of the St.Louis lineup, with the Notes getting a chance to eliminate Winnipeg on Saturday.
Bortuzzo (undisclosed) will not play in Thursday's Game 5 matchup with the Jets, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic reports. Bortuzzo took Thursday's practice off for maintenance and was considered a game-time decision ahead of puck drop. It seems now that the Ontario native will indeed miss Game 5, even though coach Craig Berube said Bortuzzo was "good to go." While the blueliner hasn't contributed any points so far in this series, the Blues will likely miss the physical threat he provides on defense.
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