Berube pushed a lot of the right buttons against Minnesota

Jim Thomas

The turning point came last Saturday, a week ago. It didn’t happen in a game, or even on the ice.

It started with a team meeting at Centene Community Ice Center, in which coach Craig Berube at his blunt best addressed the Blues about their shortcomings in Games 2 and 3 of their playoff series against the Minnesota Wild — losses in which the team was outscored by a combined 11-3. And about what needed to be done to turn the series.

Jordan Kyrou probably spoke for a lot of players when he said he came out of the meeting (ticked) off but adding that being (ticked) off was a good thing considering the circumstances.

That’s the Berube most fans know, and almost expect. It’s the image he projects across the hockey community in the U.S. and Canada.

Those words may have lit the spark. But then came the decisions leading into Game 4 last Sunday — some tough, some risky, some unorthodox. They underscored the most underrated part of Berube as a coach. Namely, his ability as a strategist and decision-maker, not just in-game but between games. The ability to have a pulse on the team and make adjustments when necessary.

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So he switched from goalie Ville Husso, who wasn’t really playing badly, in favor of Jordan Binnington.

He changed all four forward lines, to the point where the top three lines employed in…

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