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Post-Game 6 Quotes: Ryan Whitney

Thursday, 06.05.2008 / 12:39 AM / 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs

By NHL Public Relations


Q.    Can you talk about how hard that was?
   
RYAN WHITNEY: We've come a long way in two years. It's a really tough, empty feeling. It's something we're really going to have to think about in the summer. This is what makes you a better player. You don't want to feel this again.

Q.  Ryan, can you appreciate just how far this team has come in such a short time?
   
RYAN WHITNEY: Yeah, it's something we've said before the game. We were the worst team in the League and two years later we planned to go to Game 7 in the Stanley Cup. So it's no consolation now, but looking back, it's pretty good.

Q.  Marc-Andre Fleury is pretty upset about the second and third goals, but what has he done for this team?
   
RYAN WHITNEY: Everything. We said when we came in, you know, we told him if there's one thing, to hold your head, because we wouldn't be here without him. And he's our MVP in the playoffs.

Q.  What about the final minute or so, you got it to a one goal game and almost tied it?
   
RYAN WHITNEY: It was pretty exciting on the bench. We all said, one more; we made it 3-2. We came in to tie it up. And obviously it doesn't mean anything now, but it was a pretty great effort to try to tie it up there.

Q.  Can you talk about how far you guys have come this year?

   
RYAN WHITNEY: Maybe in a couple of weeks. Right now it doesn't matter where we came from. It's really tough to deal with. But in a couple of weeks we'll look back and realize we made a big step.

Q.  On the salary cap here, it will never be the same. Does that hurt a little bit too that you'll never be with these guys again, some of them?
   
RYAN WHITNEY: It's tough. It's the last game you play with all your friends. And this team will never be together again completely. But we have a lot of building blocks here.

Q.  What does it mean to battle back two down?
   
RYAN WHITNEY: It's tough going down. It makes a pretty big difference. Trying to get two is a steep thing to do. Really, we wouldn't quit. We never have. And obviously a team like that, with 10 minutes left, it's tough to beat.

Q.  How proud are you of this team?
   
RYAN WHITNEY: Real proud. We made it far. We had a great effort all year. It hurts right now.
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