2014 NHL Playoffs: Tyler Seguin Thoughts on Game 1; Brenden Dillon Not At Optional Practice

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Dillon one of several players not to appear at the optional skate as he tries to come back from a lower-body injury.

There were moments in Wednesday's Game 1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks that the Dallas Stars looked like they desperately missed Brenden Dillon.

But after Thursday's practice, they're still mum on his availability in the near future.

Dillon was not on the ice for the Stars Thursday, though it was an optional session for the team. I'm sure the update from Lindy Ruff will be that he's day-to-day with the mysterious lower-body injury.

According to Mike Heika, many of the top-minute guys were the players missing from the practice, including Jamie Benn, Alex Goligoski, Trevor Daley and Tyler Seguin. Colton Sceviour also did not practice, though the connection between that and his rough ride into the boards off a subtle hook from Corey Perry is unknown at this point.

On the Ducks side of things, Ryan Getzlaf (laceration) and Matt Beleskey (lower body) did not skate. Getzlaf should be good to play tomorrow after taking Seguin's shot to the face, but Beleskey is officially day-to-day with his nagging injury. We won't really know until tomorrow's morning skate if he will be able to play.

Although he did not attend practice, Seguin did have time to join BaDD Radio on The Ticket for his weekly show, though, and he talked about his impressions of his first playoff game with the Stars.

"I think we got our feet wet," Seguin said "I think obviously we got down pretty deep in that game, fought our way to come back a little short, but we got one foot in the door. It's going to be a long series.

"I think definitely the jitters are out of the way now. It's pretty obvious that we do have a lot of people who haven't played in the playoffs before. I think we have to find a way to get a little more discipline in these games."

The discipline he was talking about wasn't necessarily on the penalty front, though cutting down unnecessary minors certainly wouldn't hurt, but more on the positional end. It was a big night for almost half the roster after all, with nine players making their playoff debuts.

With that out of the way now, the Stars are focusing on not getting too caught up in 20 minutes of regrettable results in Anaheim.

"That's playoffs for you," Seguin said. "I think one of the biggest things I can take away from playing on the Bruins was the team was pretty much always even-keeled... It's about moving on, and I think that's a big message across our room, especially with the last six weeks chasing a playoff spot. We've had a lot of those ups and downs.

"That was one period, that was one game, and now we have to start over here."

Despite some humorous pressing from Sturm, Seguin said he didn't know much about the status of Dillon, though he complimented Patrik Nemeth in particular as a player who stepped up to help fill his shoes.

And when asked about the idea that the Stars are merely happy to be in the first round, Seguin acknowledged that making the playoffs was the initial goal for the team this season, but he added that priorities had shifted now that it was accomplished.

"I think we're a very humble team, a team that doesn't become complacent," Seguin said. " We're a team that is really striving for more.

"We're playing with free money right now. We're doing what we can and looking forward to Game 2 and to bounce back on the road."

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