Devils, Rangers blocking distractions
Terry Koshan, QMI Agency
|New Jersey Devils' Zach Parise celebrates after scoring against the Philadelphia Flyers during the third period in Game 3 of their NHL Eastern Conference semi-final playoff hockey game in Newark, New Jersey, May 3, 2012. (REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine)
NEWARK, N.J. - Zach Parise and John Tortorella have little common ground at the Eastern Conference final.
But the New Jersey Devils captain and the New York Rangers coach agree on one thing.
Eliminating distractions, specifically those that allegedly are caused by the media, is paramount.
"We're concerned about our locker room," Tortorella said during a conference call Thursday with reporters.
"We're trying to close that down and just take care of business ourselves there. We really don't spend too much time worrying about what you guys are speaking about, and that's certainly not trying to be disrespectful, but we don't.
"We have a lot of things that we have in our room that we have to fix, that we have to deal with, and really block out all the other stuff."
Parise tunes in for the Western Conference final between the Los Angeles Kings and Phoenix Coyotes, but that's about it.
"You just kind of shelter yourself," Parise said. "You don't read about it. You don't watch it. You watch the other games and things like that, but you turn your mind off from everything else that's happening.
"I don't think it has been overwhelming by any means. We've done a good job of concentrating on what we're doing and what we have to do, and not allowing these underlying stories to take over what we're trying to accomplish."