Blues coach Craig Berube doesn't believe comments following Game 3 have changed officiating in Stanley Cup Final

Gabby Guerard
June 07, 2019 - 11:24 am
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Blues coach Craig Berube believes the narrative hasn’t changed after he complained about the officiating following Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final, even though when a fired up Bruce Cassidy took the podium after Game 5, that’s precisely what he said.

“I sat here two days ago and I said I believe these officials are at this level because they’ve earned the right to be here. But the narrative changed after Game 3,” said Cassidy. “There was a complaint put forth by the opposition that seems to have changed everything.”

Not only did Berube deny Cassidy’s conclusion, but he even visibly appeared puzzled when asked to comment on the possibility.

“That my comments changed (things)?” asked Berube. “I don’t agree with it, but that doesn’t matter. I’m not here to judge the officials and calls that could have been or couldn’t have. They go both ways. I mean, there’s calls the other way that could have been called and they weren’t, so. I don’t know what to say about that. I really don’t want to say anything about it.”

After, Berube was asked about how it seems the Blues play a lot like he did, wanting to finish the check, even if it’s borderline sometimes and there’s going to be a penalty. Berube was quick to plug the fact that the Blues are actually not being called for many penalties.

“We play a hard game. We’re a physical team. We forecheck hard,” he said. “I’ll say it again: We’re the least penalized team in the playoffs. End of story. I don’t need to talk any more about it.”

There have appeared to have been a number of missed calls against the Bruins of late and Tyler Bozak’s clear trip against Noel Acciari, which led to the Blues scoring the game-winner was the latest. Yet Bozak, who innocently turned to the refs immediately after tripping Acciari and simply shrugged his shoulders, seems to see no issue with his actions.

“It was just a puck battle for me,” said Bozak. “Obviously the game’s fast. You’re trying to keep the puck in at the time, and get the puck. Lucky enough for us, we got the puck back there and it ended up in the back of the net, so we’ll take it any way we can get it.”

The Bruins and Blues will play Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Sunday night in St. Louis.

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