This will absolutely be a talking point into Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final and you can bet that the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League's Officials Association are going to be none too happy about it.
The St. Louis Blues have clearly not been happy with the way things have been called in the Stanley Cup Final thus far and that much became evident in Game 2 of the series. There was a controversial hit involving St. Louis Blues forward Oskar Sundqvist and Boston Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk that would eventually result in a suspension to Sundqvist, and it was obvious that the Blues felt that the suspension was unwarranted. Regardless of how you feel about that incident, that was only one of the sources of frustration for St. Louis Blues head coach Craig Berube when he spoke to the media about how he felt his team was being treated in the Stanley Cup Final.
In a series of comments that is not at all common from a head coach in the National Hockey League, Berube openly questioned the officiating in the Stanley Cup Final. Although Berube would not come out and say as much, it is clear that he feels there is some funny business going on in the Stanley Cup Final when compared to the previous playoff rounds he and his Blues played.
"First of all, 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," Berube said on Sunday as per ESPN. "So I don't know. I don't buy into all of that, to be honest with you. I think that we could definitely be more composed after the whistle. I think we've let some frustration get in there where we maybe do too much after the whistle. So we'll clean that up, for sure. But like I said, we were the least penalized team in the league coming into this series. I don't agree with all of the calls."
Of course if the head coach is frustrated than you can bet the fan base is even more apoplectic regarding the officiating in the Stanley Cup Final. Berube was asked if he had sought an explanation from the NHL and he made it clear that he was just as lost as everyone else was in this regard.
"No, I mean, they make the calls and don't really give us explanations why," said the Blues head coach.
These comments are going to be all over the place by the time Game 4 comes around and it will be interesting to see how that game is called as a result of Berube voicing his displeasure.