Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals was an absolute disaster for the St. Louis Blues. After their 7-2 loss to the Bruins on Saturday, Blues head coach Craig Berube made it clear he wasn't happy with some of the penalty calls against his team.
Berube mentioned that his group was the least penalized team through the first three rounds of the playoffs. Now, with 14 penalties through the first three games of the Stanley Cup Finals, Berube attributes his team's time on the penalty kill to a few bad calls.
Blues coach Craig Berube: "We were the least penalized team in the league in the first three rounds, now all of a sudden we've taken 14 penalties in one series...I don't agree with all of the calls." https://t.co/Vik5eH9bkU— Emily Kaplan (@emilymkaplan) June 2, 2019
Berube did take some responsibility for the team's excess amount of penalties, saying they need to be more composed after the whistle and that they've let frustration get to them a few times. However, he can't seem to shake the fact that his team was barely penalized in the first three rounds.
The Blues got lit up on the penalty kill Saturday night, with the Bruins capitalizing on all four of their man advantages. Through the first three games, the Bruins have already scored six power play goals.
Bruins powerplay has the Golden Gun. 4 powerplays, 4 shots, 4 goals. pic.twitter.com/coLbWrE4Tc— Mike Kelly (@MikeKellyNHL) June 2, 2019
If Berube and the Blues want to bounce back from their embarrassing loss Saturday night, they're going to need to cut their time killing penalties. Instead of Berube complaining that he doesn't agree with calls, he should instead focus on tightening up the team's man-down play.