On Corey Perry’s injury status:
Corey Perry is making progress. He will skate a little harder today. He skated probably for about an hour and fifteen minutes yesterday. He’s along the lines of there’s a target date that was set a long time ago and quite possibly that he could be available at that time. There’s still a lot of things that have to go right in that scenario. He cannot have any setbacks. We’re talking about a muscle that was severed and then it was severed even more to attach it back to itself. The cut was so deep that they had to actually expand the cut to mesh the muscle back together and allow the healing process to take place.
On Todd Marchant’s availability:
You got to come to the warm up. Don’t ask me about players or lineups, it doesn’t work.
I think that for us, we don’t worry about the repeat. Our tallest task at hand starts tonight against the Dallas Stars. It’s no use to focus on anything other than the Dallas Stars and that’s the mindset that we have to have. I’m sure we have it. Our task it to beat the Dallas Stars in the first game and that starts tonight. Anything beyond that is all window dressing. It’s all fluff. We let other people talk about those things. We have to be a focused group because we know they will be. That’s two good hockey teams that have competed hard all year. We’re talking about the fourth and fifth seeds. There’s not a lot of separation on the successes that both teams have been able to have over the regular season. Now, it’s the first team to win four games.
On focusing on one opponent:
That’s what preparing for the playoffs is all about. We respect our opposition. They know us as well as we know them. We’ve played one another numerous times. The thing is that it probably boils down to who is going to make the least amount of mistakes, who is going to outwork one another, who is going to execute to a higher level and who is going to have a break here and there. That’s what playoffs are about.
On if he talked to other coaches who have had success in repeating:
No I did not. The only conversation I had was with Ken Hitchcock and that’s was about probably two and a half months, maybe three months, just before Christmas into the season. He said ‘Until they decide they want to play and play hard and until they decide that they want to win, whatever I’m doing is not going to have any effect on them’. I took that up without a lot of merit in what he had to say. I thought it held true in our group from that point on. It didn’t hurt that we got Niedermayer and Selanne back. It did help, from a standpoint of that they have to make that decision themselves. You have to be in a position to provide them with the proper rest and the proper mindset. We had to deal with a lot of adversity. We had to provide some kind of a cone or boundary to prevent more things from happening to our group because we’ve been battered right from the beginning in a short summer and all the things that we’ve talked about through the course of the season. We remained focus on what we had to do. We got into the playoffs. We won enough games to give us home-ice advantage in the first round. Now, everybody starts back at zero.