KMOX Blues radio analyst Kelly Chase came on The Ryan Kelley Morning After this morning to break down the Blues’ 2-0 loss to the Minnesota Wild in Game 4 of the first-round series.
Read some excerpts and listen to the full interview below:
On the Blues’ slow start in Game 4:
“I think they kind of sat back (seeing how the Wild was going to play). But there was some desperation (from the Wild). Their feet were and ours weren’t. That’s the difference in it. I don’t read too much into it. That’s the kind of game Minnesota had to play or they would’ve been out of it today. They did what they had to do. The series is still in the Blues’ favor…but the margin of error is pretty small.”
On Vladimir Tarasenko’s lack of scoring:
“(This series) might be the best he’s played both side of the puck in a long time. If he’s a distraction for the Wild, there has to be other guys open. The time and space that gets taken away from him…is in indicator that they respect what he can do. He’ll have to work harder to get opportunities. But there’s some space he can create for other guys and they have to capitalize when he does that.”
On the Blues’ mentality entering Game 5 in Minnesota:
“The momentum can change in a hurry in any series. If there’s a Game 6, I wouldn’t be surprised either. I don’t think the Blues expected to win in four. You’d hope they can make the most of it now that they’re in it.”