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Ducks Lose 4 - 1, Dallas wins series 4 - 2.
They played great for the first 40 minutes, all they had left was 20 minutes, but 52 seconds of those 20 minutes changed everything. :-/ I am at a loss for words, I don't know. I was hoping for the Ducks to force a game 7 and they didn't. They're done, it's hard to grasp that their season ended in Dallas. The team that had our number in the regular season, and now unfortunately, had our number in the playoffs this year too. It's depressing. They were the better team in the regular season but they were not in the post season, Ducks just played like crap for too many games and dug themselves a hole... Dallas won though so I can only say Congratulations. Going to be hard for them to make it out of the 2nd round though if we gave them trouble.
Game Day Quotes for the last time of the 07-08 season will be posted when I find some. And that will conclude the last game day post for the 07-08 season.
I'll keep this blog up to date with any breaking stories (Selanne, Niedermayer possible retirements? Burke going to TO? Perry re-signed or moving on? You'll be able to catch those updates here when they break. It's going to be a long summer.
GAME DAY QUOTES:
"I don't think anyone wants it to end this way," said Scott Niedermayer. "It's disappointing because we believe we could do better. Our sights were set higher than this. When you come up short it explains itself."
"They're a team that plays a very tight defense," Niedermayer said. "They had all their guys back and protected the middle of the ice well and made it hard to penetrate."
"They played very well," said captain Chris Pronger. "Their power play, what did they get? Ten goals? They had quite a few. Their penalty kill did a good job bottling us up in the neutral zone. There were a couple games where we just couldn't mount much of an attack. You gotta give them a lot of credit but part of that fall on us too."
"Anything short of the Stanley Cup is a disappointment for this group," said Giguere. "Our goal is set on going all the way. I don't think it was a lack of effort. We tried but we just couldn't come up with the win."
Added Carlyle: "Every guy gave everything they had. You thank them for their work ethic over the course of the season, but their lack of execution in the playoffs was a concern and we’ll address that in the offseason."
Teemu Selanne, who came out of a brief retirement to rejoin the Ducks in January called it, "not a very happy ending. But what are you going to do? I think the work ethic is there. You have to be proud of that. When you give everything you have you can't ask more than that. Everybody wants to beat you when you're the champions. You try hard but when you're a little bit off here and there, it's a lot to overcome."
SOURCE FOR QUOTES: http://ducks.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=Recap&seas=20072008>ype=3&gnum=186