Blues Analyst: Team "Not Bothered By Anything"

Nothing fazes the Blues, who believe they can overcome anything, Chris Kerber says

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
June 04, 2019 - 9:48 am
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The St. Louis Blues won Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday, beating the Boston Bruins 4-2 to even the series. Ryan O’Reilly scored 43 seconds into the game to give St. Louis a 1-0 lead and midway through the third period to break a 2-2 tie.

Thus, the Blues responded in Game 4 just as they responded in Game 2 – with a win. How do they do it?

“They have responded the same way they have responded pretty much since January – and that is just with a resolve,” Blues Radio play-by-play voice Chris Kerber said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “Craig Berube was asked (Monday) morning about the mood in the locker room, and he just described it as a calm – the same way it was after Game 1 when Boston won Game 1 in Boston.”

Indeed, the Bruins took Game 1, 4-2, but St. Louis won Game 2 on the road in overtime.

“If you’re fans of the team, you ride the highs, you ride the lows,” Kerber said. “You get a win, you feel you can win the Cup. If there’s a loss, oh, we’re dead in the water – until you get around this hockey team. They’re not bothered by anything right now. They’re walking around like this is Game 60 of the regular season and they got this. They just have a confidence that they could bring their game, and my goodness, did they do that in (Game 4).”

Where exactly do the Blues get this from, you ask? Simple: their head coach.

“Craig Berube has been a no-nonsense, straightforward, it-is-what-it-is kind of head coach,” Kerber said. “The calls have been tight in the Final, and he just walks in the room and he says, ‘Hey, we got to play better. Stay out of the penalty box, guys.’ There’s just a no-excuse approach to Craig Berube that this team has bought into. He, along with the goaltender, Jordan Binnington, have basically brought a flat-line attitude to this team that’s been amazing.”

Game 5 is Thursday in Boston at 8 p.m. ET.

Click below to listen to Kerber’s interview in its entirety.