ANAHEIM -- There was no solace in losing for the Anaheim Ducks.
The fact that they made it one round further than last season in the Stanley Cup Playoffs did not ease the pain. The fact that the Game 7 loss Saturday came against a team, the Chicago Blackhawks, that has won the Stanley Cup twice in the past five years and reached the Western Conference Final in five of the past seven seasons can't be a used as a mitigating factor. The fact that Anaheim lost all of two games in regulation this entire postseason meant nothing in the cruel minutes after the final horn of a 5-3 loss that ended Anaheim's dreams for another season.
"We were right there," forward Andrew Cogliano said. "You're close, but you are so far away, really. That is how it goes."