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Berube reacts to Sundqvist decision, hasn't decided on replacement

by Chris Pinkert / Video by Blue Note Productions

May 31: Berube press conference

Berube on Sundqvist suspension and more

Berube comments on the Sundqvist suspension and more one day before Game 3 vs. Boston

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ST. LOUIS - St. Louis Blues Head Coach Craig Berube said Friday he hasn't made a decision yet about who would replace Oskar Sundqvist in the lineup for Saturday's Game 3 vs. Boston (7 p.m., NBCSN, KMOX).

Sundqvist was given a one-game suspension by the NHL Department of Player Safety for his first-period hit in Game 2 against Bruins' defenseman Matt Grzelcyk.

"It doesn't matter if I agree or disagree (with the suspension)," Berube told reporters during a press conference Friday. "It's just a League thing and they handled it so it's over with.

"You miss a lot (losing Sundqvist)," Berube added. "He's a good player, does a lot of good things for us on both sides of the puck. Good penalty killer, plays center, wing, great defensively and has produced for us in the playoffs, too."

In Friday's practice, Zach Sanford was skating on the fourth line with Ivan Barbashev and Alexander Steen, but Berube said he would wait until Saturday to decide whether Sanford would be in the lineup for Game 3.

Other options may include Jordan Nolan, who has plenty of Stanley Cup Playoffs experience, and Mackenzie MacEachern, who provided fourth-line minutes for the Blues in 29 appearances this season.

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