BOSTON (AP) — Craig Berube’s bunch likes to live dangerously.
Berube on the ice punched his way to 3,000-plus penalty minutes over an NHL career that surpassed 1,000 games.
Berube behind the bench coaches a team that embodies him in almost every way. The St. Louis Blues are hard-nosed, no nonsense and finish every check — often taking penalties in the process.
When it works, the Blues are hard to stop and it is working against a like-minded opponent in the Boston Bruins. The Blues are just one win away from lifting the Stanley Cup.
Berube’s blue-collar Blues didn’t miss a single opportunity to hammer Bruins captain Zdeno Chara, playing with a significant facial injury, or anyone in Boston black and gold.
Sometimes it’s called a penalty. Sometimes not.
Zach Sanford got away with an elbow to the head of Boston’s Torey Krug, which the Blues paid for on something of a makeup interference penalty on David Perron soon after. Alex Steen was whistled for blatant interference for lighting up David Krejci in the neutral zone when Boston’s struggling second-line center never touched the puck.