"We've explained to the players that you can't let opportunities go. We had a great opportunity this year with a great season, got up 3-1 in a series and blew it. You can't do that very often."
-- Caps GM George McPhee
"When taking the job initially (on May 25), I explained what my plan was, so to speak. What I wanted to get to and how I want to get there. It takes time. I'm not coming in and promising a Stanley Cup in two years … certainly if we're in that position, I won't refuse it. But these things take time."
-- Lightning GM, Steve Yzerman
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We don't have any excuses tonight. Excuses are for losers. We've played with five defensemen before and it didn't affect us. We just had a bad second period and it cost us the game. We have to look in the mirror and blame ourselves.