ST. LOUIS (AP) — Craig Berube made a rare stop in the locker room after the game to address his players. It was important.
It was minutes after San Jose’s Timo Meier had gloved the puck to Gustav Nyquist and wound up being credited with the second assist on Erik Karlsson’s winning goal in Game 3. It was a blatant missed call, but it was over. St. Louis was suddenly down 2-1 in the Western Conference final.
Berube told his players to forget about it, not to whine about it in interviews, and he set the tone after the game.
“Gotta move on,” Berube said that night. “We all gotta move on from it and get ready for Game 4. Really that’s all you can do.”
Following the lead of their interim coach, the Blues did exactly that and their response embodied everything about a team that rode an unheralded rookie goaltender and a bruising style from last place in the NHL in January to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final in Boston.
“That was a thing that kind of showed our identity as a team,” defenseman Carl Gunnarsson said hours before Game 6 against the Bruins. “How we did not just crumble under that — not just let it go, but we also…