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Alex Pietrangelo’s injury rehab is going strong

Jul 15, 2012, 4:34 PM EST

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The Blues saw their playoff run interrupted thanks to an injury to stud defenseman Alex Pietrangelo. While he missed just one game of the Western Conference semifinals against Los Angeles, a knee sprain was enough to make him not quite as strong as Blues fans had gotten accustomed to.

Pietrangelo tells Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch he’s feeling better about his knee than ever.

“It took about two or three weeks, staying off lateral stuff and all that,” Pietrangelo said. “But to be honest with you, it felt strong the whole time as soon as I stopped skating. It feels fine now. I don’t have any issues with it. I think it progressed better than I thought it would.”

That’s good news for the Blues as Pietrangelo was a breakout star last season helping to solidify a Blues defensive corps that needed a big player. He was a guy many thought could’ve been a Norris Trophy finalist this past season and may get his opportunity to do that having a healthy knee once again.

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