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by Alanah McGinley on 05/14/08 at 02:10 PM ET
Today’s media time with the Dallas Stars’ Brenden Morrow and coach Dave Tippett.
Q. What is the update on Brenden?
COACH DAVE TIPPETT: Brenden is fine, ready to go.
Q. Do you think you’ll be looking at different changes for lines?
COACH DAVE TIPPETT: We’ll tinker around a little bit. We’re certainly looking for answers, looking for ways to win games. So that’s where we’re at. We’ll continue to find the answers and see if we can get the win we need.
Q. What is the process? I talked to Mike a little bit. You guys have been through a lot of adversity this season. Do you call on that? Is that something you can use?
COACH DAVE TIPPETT: Yeah, you do. You’re looking for each little thread that’s going to give you any kind of a positive mindset. That’s what we’re doing. You know, we talked about our young defensemen the other day. I mean, some of the battles they’ve been through, the adversity they’ve been through, hey, use it to jump back and be better today.
Even you go to your special teams, you’re power play struggling. Here are some things we can grab onto that can give us some positive energy and make it work. If you keep piling some little things like that up within your game, you can find some of that.
You know, our team, all year long, our strength has been the group. We have some great players. We have some players that can, you know, do great things. But I’m a firm believer, and our group believes, you can’t do it alone. You got to do it as a group.
You know, we talked yesterday about this. We’ve been chasing this series from the get?go. I think we have players that care so much, everybody wants to do it themselves. They want to help out so much it gets individual. That’s gone away from what we are as a team. I think that was exemplified the other night in the third period. We worked hard; we just didn’t work very well together.
You know, those things have to change. If we’re going to be successful, it’s going to be as a group. Those are the biggest things we’re selling today.
Q. What would it do for your team to actually get a lead in the series?
COACH DAVE TIPPETT: Well, it would stop us from chasing the game and feel like that we have a little bit of control in it. I think if you look at the two series we won, they were both similar to that. We could play a little more of our style.
You know, we’ve looked like we’ve been out of energy a lot of times in this series. I think that’s more just because we’re chasing it. We talked about it the other day. When you have the puck, you just seem like you’re confident, you’re cool, everybody’s doing the right things. When you’re chasing it, you’re trying hard to get it back. You use a lot of energy doing that. It goes back to the faceoffs, turnovers. When you turn the puck over, you better be chasing it back. We’ve had too many of those situations. That’s just drained our team.
THE MODERATOR: Thank you, Coach.
Q. Just wanted to check on how you’re feeling, what was the degree of soreness yesterday on your off day, if any?
BRENDEN MORROW: Uhm, it’s a lot better than it was after the game. Did a little bit of treatment today. And I don’t think there’s any question about tonight. I’m playing tonight for sure.
Q. Just the way you fell, just watching it, it didn’t look so good. Were you fearing the worst when you first landed?
BRENDEN MORROW: Yeah. It looks worse than it feels; we’ll put it that way. It’s not as bad as it looks. It looks like it was pretty awkward when I went down on it. But it looks worse than it is. It feels pretty good.
Q. How difficult is it not to look at the big picture or is it easier on a game day to kind of just focus in on what has to happen?
BRENDEN MORROW: Well, we got a big challenge in front of us, being down three to the hottest team in hockey. It’s a big challenge.
But we got to stay away from the big picture, just look at 60 minutes at a time, use all those clichés that everyone uses this time of year.
But we believe if we keep it a shift at a time, keep it simple, start with one, we’ll take our chances after that.
Q. I honestly don’t think the effort has been lacking. People saying, as a team, you guys are tired. Is it almost like you’re trying to do too much against this team, because they counterattack so well, it seems like maybe the thought: We’ve got to get that first goal, kind of leads into them getting an opportunity?
BRENDEN MORROW: Yeah, I think we’ve done a good job of being the team that frustrates, gets the other team to do things that they don’t want to do. Right now, Detroit’s doing the test. For a team that’s as solid as we’ve been defensively, checking, getting our opportunities, for some reason Detroit’s getting the lead on us and we’re cracking first.
But we realize that. That’s something that we’re gonna try and fix.
Q. Is it a more patient approach then, do you have to keep doing what you’re doing and do it better?
BRENDEN MORROW: I just think our focus needs to be on limiting them, not worrying about if it’s gonna take three or four goals to win the hockey game. Let’s try and win it with one. They’re opportunistic. You give them a chance or two, they’re going to score on one of ‘em.
Our main focus has to be on really locking it down.
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