Just like that, the 2016-17 season is over for the Colorado Avalanche.
It was a campaign of trials and tribulations, of hard work and heartache. Things just didn't seem to go the way the team had hoped.
"This was not the year we all wanted. It was frustrating pretty much from mid-December on--every day coming to the rink being where were at," Matt Duchene said following Sunday's 3-2 loss at the St. Louis Blues. "No one on the team gave up ever. We played our hearts out every single night, but everybody does that in this league. The whole league works hard. They play hard. Guys are in good shape. They can skate. They can play. It's not just enough to have that, so that's why we're at where we're at.
"Goals were hard to come by for everyone this year. The puck would not go in the net. Very frustrating year. I know I definitely got a fire lit under me going forward here, and I think a lot of other guys will [have it] too."