-- Friday was supposed to be the day the Canucks paraded the Stanley Cup through the streets of downtown Vancouver, not the day to be holding exit meetings and final media availability.
The Canucks, the Presidents' Trophy winners, shattered many franchise records during their 40th anniversary season, but came one win shy of taking home in the ultimate prize – the organization's first Stanley Cup.
Despite the disappointment, many called it a good learning experience for the group, most of whom hadn't played past the second round before.
"You work hard all year obviously to try to get to the ultimate goal and to fall short like that, just by one game, is tough," goaltender Roberto Luongo
said. "At the same time, I think it's something that's probably going to make our team stronger and even hungrier for next season."