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Legwand shines despite series loss to Canucks

By John Manasso - NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- After goalie Pekka Rinne, center David Legwand was arguably Nashville's best player in this Western Conference Semifinal series that Vancouver ended on Monday in six games with a 2-1 win at Bridgestone Arena.

Legwand, who has played in each of the 12 seasons that the Predators have existed, had four of his team's 11 goals in the series, including two shorthanded. The No. 2 pick in the 1998 Entry Draft also had an assist and was plus-2 in the series and led Nashville in time on ice among its forwards. On Saturday, he had the Predators only goal.

Legwand spoke with reporters after his season ended Monday night.
 
Q: Do you think you opened around a lot of eyes in hockey in this playoff?
 
A: Yeah, I think so. I think, obviously, it ended on a sour note, but it's something to be – not proud of – but positive about, I guess, for the future and moving forward as an organization, as a team as a group of players.
 
Q: How would you categorize your playoff?
 
A: I guess you can't really say good because we didn't win, so it's not good enough. Any time you don't win, it's not good enough and that's what we want to do is win hockey games. We thought we had a good chance to go back there, but they came in and played a tough road game tonight.
 
Q: This team is showing a lot of potential, isn't it?
 
A: All the great teams said they had to learn how to lose before they could win and you know we lost a bunch in the first round the farther you get the tougher it is to swallow.

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round