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What Calgary is saying

By Times Staff Writer
Published June 9, 2004

"This is the toughest day in my life. But after Game 6, we left the rink as a proud hockey club. We came to Tampa as a proud hockey club. We will leave this place as a proud hockey club." - LW VILLE NIEMINEN

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"You start in net, and we got outstanding goaltending the whole year, the whole playoff run. You look to your leader in Jarome (Iginla) - he was a force in the playoffs. Go right down the line. ... People talk about our (lack of) depth. We've got depth. We've got a lot of young guys that have bright futures. The unfortunate thing is, when you lose, there's pain." - LW DAVE LOWRY

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"It could have been the best feeling in the world. Now, it's the worst feeling in the world. It's that close of an edge. You want to do it for yourself, but you also want to do it for your teammates. We have a very, very tight team. A lot of the guys have said it's the tightest team they've ever been on. I'm definitely proud of everything we've done this year, even making the playoffs. But it's going to sting for a while." - RW CHRIS CLARK

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"Realistically, this group - we talked about it (Sunday) night - won't be together again. It won't be the same group. There's going to be changes, whether they're minor or major. That's what happens in the offseason. So right now, it's very disappointing that we, as a group, couldn't win the Stanley Cup. I'm very proud of each and every one of the players in this dressing room. At the beginning of the year, no one thought we'd be in the playoffs. Then no one thought we'd make it past the first round." - D ROBYN REGEHR

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"To try to put it into words that you'd understand, it'd be like 364 days of work with one thing that you want and to not get it. No, it's more than that. How many days old am I? You see pictures of guys holding the Cup and you want it so bad. ... We're feeling like our heart was ripped out." - D STEVE MONTADOR

[Last modified June 9, 2004, 01:00:39]

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