For most of the Kings, that was the low point of what has been an incredible three-year run. For Willie Mitchell, it was something different. It was the end of a lost season, one in which Mitchell did not play a single game because of two knee surgeries.
"Yeah, it is tough. Personally, I just disconnected from it," Mitchell said. "I didn't even watch a lot of the playoff games because it is like sticking a knife in you.
"We've all played hockey since we were kids and dreamed of playing in the Stanley Cup Final and winning the Stanley Cup. We have an awesome team around here. When you're not able to do that and you want to do that, it is really out of your control."