NHL Network’s Brian Lawton: Blues “very impressive” in win over Wild

St. Louis Blues' Vladimir Tarasenko, right, of Russia, and goalie Jake Allen celebrate the Blues' 2-1 win over the Minnesota Wild in an NHL hockey game Tuesday, March 7, 2017, in St. Paul, Minn. Tarasenko scored the second goal of the game. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Former NHL player and GM and current NHL Network analyst Brian Lawton joined The Ryan Kelley Morning After on Wednesday to talk some Blues topics following the team’s 2-1 win over the Central Division-leading Minnesota Wild Tuesday night.

Read some excerpts and listen to the full interview below:

On the Blues’ win over the Wild:

“It was huge. And to be honest with you, the Blues looked very impressive. That was one of the better games I’ve seen…them play all season. They were solid all over the ice. They gave it to the Wild the way the Wild do to other teams. They outpaced them to the pucks, they were sound defensively, goaltending was strong. The guys they count on to deliver delivered whether it was offensively or defensively. It was a great game for the Blues.”

What do you think about the Blues right now?

“I will tell you this. When they lost five in a row, this league is so tight. It’s not like they were getting blown out every night. Every game was pretty much within a goal (except in the loss to Winnipeg). I don’t feel like they’ve been that far off.”

On the Blues’ schedule down the stretch run:

“One of the things we’ve talked about…is just how easy the Blues’ schedule is down the stretch. But this next stretch is going to be really tough for them. If they can survive these next five games at come out with a better than .500 record…then I think they’re in really good shape to make the playoffs.”