After meeting with his players on exit interviews day
, Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau spoke to the media about the state of the team coming off the Western Conference Final defeat to Chicago.On getting over the loss
This one will take a little longer to get over that it does most years because we all believed we were very close. Talking to the guys over there, we believe we were gonna win, and things didn’t work out our way. It’s a tough pill to swallow when you’re that close. But at the same time, we know we’re getting better every year, and we’re anticipating being better again next year. Once you get over the fact that you lost, and there is something really to look forward to, you can’t wait until you start again. On what went wrong in the Chicago series
We thought we were right there, and we maybe took our foot off the gas in Game 6, which was the game where we thought we were right there. After the first period when it was 0-0, they were ready to be taken and we didn’t take it. We had a bad six minutes, and they scored three goals, and that was it. In Game 7, we were probably a little tentative, and then at the two-minute mark, they score a goal. I still thought in Game 7 our first period was pretty good. That’s a pretty tough team to come back on. Hopefully we’ve learned a lesson. We think we’re better, and we hope to improve upon that next year. On meeting with Ducks GM Bob Murray
We haven’t actually had our meeting yet. I’m sure that’s coming tomorrow or the next day. You need some time to just cool off as far as both of us being happy about not winning. We had our team dinner last night, which was very casual, but I’m sure we’ll chat about the year and everything else. On Chicago
The champions in any league don’t do down easy. The last three years, the only time these guys lost was Game 7 in the conference finals, or they would have maybe won three Cups in a row, going for a fourth right now. That’s quite a group that’s hard to beat. On the goaltending competition
I’ve got to believe Gibby [John Gibson], now that he’s healthy, he wants to play. He’s not used to sitting on the bench. And I think Freddie has gotten a taste of what it’s like to be No. 1 and he won’t let it up. I would venture to guess it would be a pretty good battle. On his young players
I think the group in there thought we were good enough to win right now. We’re one game away from getting a chance to prove that. I think with the experience and just the growth of the guys, I think we’re ready to do. And especially with the depth of young people coming up, and guys like [Chris] Wagner, who came in at the end, and guys like [Jiri] Sekac when he has a full year or Emerson [Etem] now that his entry-level deal is done, Hampus [Lindholm], Sami [Vatanen]. Patty Maroon had a great playoff. If he can continue to pick up where he left off, this team is a lot better. So, there is a lot of room where we’re getting better just by getting older. We’ve got a pretty young team still.