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Howard disappointed with loss but proud of team

By Eric Gilmore - NHL.com Correspondent

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Howard disappointed with loss but proud of team
Disappointment was written on the face of Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard after the Wings ran out of comebacks and lost 3-2 in Game 7 to the San Jose Sharks.
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- After helping the Red Wings win three straight games, second-year goaltender Jimmy Howard turned in yet another solid effort in Thursday night's 3-2 loss to the Sharks in Game 7 at HP Pavilion. He stopped 27 of 30 shots and rebounded after a rough first period when San Jose jumped to a 2-0 lead.

After the game, a downcast Howard talked about his performance and the Red Wings' season-ending loss.

Q: Talk about the disappointment of not being able to move on.

You know, it stinks. We put in another great effort tonight. Tonight they found a way to win. They got off to a great start.  We knew that coming into this building that they were going to be fired up, they were going to be ready to go. It's tough when you're playing behind in this League.

Q: You guys have to feel proud of what you did in this series, coming back from 3-0 and then the way you threatened in the third period?

It was an extremely gutsy effort. The whole series it was just back and forth. It was a seesaw battle. It was fun to be a part of.

Q: How do you feel about the way you played?

The thing is right now you feel like you didn't do enough because we didn't come out victorious. A little bit of shock that the offseason is starting for us. We have a special group of guys in there, a very resilient group of guys. I couldn't be prouder of how we played.

Q: What does it say about your team that you lost two key players yet kept coming on?

There's no quit in our dressing room. That's what I'm really proud of. We don't quit, no matter what the score is, no matter what the situation is. We leave it out there.
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