Just went to both coaches’ press conferences. They were pretty bad. First of all, there’s nothing that anybody can ask at 1 p.m. that’s going to still be relevant at 3 p.m., much less at 6 or 7 tonight or when our papers come out tomorrow.
Second, these teams have played one game the last five days, so we’ve had all these practices and they’ve answered every question imaginable over that time. Third, they’re really not in the mood to do these things on a short game day, but they have to.
Quotes to follow shortly (and I mean shortly).
Has the second-period long change been a problem?
On the young team gaining experience and drawing something from an elimination game:
“What do I look for? … We’re ready to play today. Young, old, middle aged, we’re ready to play today. Is that what you’re getting to?”
What lessons can be gained from playing an elimination game?
“You can ask me after. I probably won’t answer, but you can ask me after. We’re going to be ready to play. You guys are thinking up questions because it’s been two days … I’m sorry, go ahead, ask your questions.”
Do some players do better in adversity?
What qualities shine in that situation?
“Making a big play.”
Nobody could think of anything else, and you could clearly see no good answer was coming. So I asked him his favorite color as he left. He laughed.
“I think in the end it’s going to be who wins more one-on-one battles, and like a lot of games, who’s going to win the special teams. And then the third thing, if you were going to ask me after watching the first four games, would be who gets a break. Who gets the lucky bounce. That’s the way the series has been going, so I assume it’s going to continue going that way.”
On seeing Mike Green looking more like he was pre-concussion:
“I think he’s playing better and better and better every game. He missed 26 out of 28 games there. He’s being responsible, he’s doing everything we’ve asked him to. If he scores he scores, but if he doesn’t he doesn’t. There’s a chance eventually that one of his shots is going to go in.”