By Jeremy Rutherford (The Athletic)

This season, St. Louis Blues players are passing around a vintage Keith Tkachuk Jofa-brand helmet as a symbolic award for the player of the game.

There were several worthy candidates in the club’s 3-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday. But after a serious stumble in San Jose and another “L” in L.A., the helmet could have been passed around the coaches’ office.

Craig Berube, who was celebrating his five-year anniversary since being promoted as the Blues’ head coach, proved over the weekend that his voice still resonates with the club and his decisions are still making a difference.

The credit should be shared with Berube’s staff, including the video staff, which I’ll address in a bit.

The shocking 5-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks three days earlier could have been season-debilitating. They didn’t just lose. They didn’t show up — against the worst team in the NHL.

For those fans who dealt with the defeat diplomatically, there was still a sense of “they better come out strong” against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday if they want anyone to believe this season will be worth watching. And they didn’t, down 4-0 after the first period of an eventual 5-1 loss.

L.A. is a good team, sitting No. 5 in the NHL standings after the game. Still, how did the Blues win five of six games, including victories over New JerseyColorado and Tampa Bay, and then get demolished in back-to-back games by a combined score of 10-2?

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