Game 7: Quotes from the Ducks locker room after being eliminated

Quotes from the Ducks locker room after they were eliminated by the Kings in Game 7…

Ryan Getzlaf on tonight’s game:

“They came out and got some quick goals and never really looked back. Really tough emotions right now. They came out and played the way they can play. They’re a good hockey team. They know what they’re doing in these situations.”

Getzlaf on falling short of expectations:

“It’s what we worked for; for these situations in case there was a Game 7. We had it in our building. We weren’t able to take advantage of it tonight.”

Getzlaf on his message to his team, fans:

“We just need to keep working. We had a heck of a year. A lot of good things happened, and we made a lot of good strides. There were good emotions throughout this building. I thank the fans for showing up every night and supporting us through this whole [season].”

Teemu Selanne on the closing moments of the game:

“It was very disappointing. I knew it was either going to be an unbelievable party or disappointment. This time it wasn’t the party. It’s very disappointing. It’s a funny game. We had our chances. We just couldn’t take advantage of them. That’s the way it goes.”

Selanne on if this was his last game:

“It’s a tough feeling. You want to go further. We all felt we had a chance to go to the next round, and maybe all the way. It’s going to be tough waking up tomorrow morning and realizing it’s all over. But I want to look at the big picture and enjoy this game, my teammates, the fans and the organization. Not even in my wildest dreams did I expect to have a career like this. I’m very thankful.”

Selanne on his career in Anaheim:

“When I came here during the 1995-96 season, I didn’t really know what to expect. It turned out to be my home and a happy place for me and my family. The community and the people, the fans and the organization have really made us feel at home. There’s no better place. I’m very thankful I’ve been able to play for so many years, especially here. This has been very special for me and my family. Everything great has to end. There’s going to be a lot of sadness about this, but overall, there is going to be a lot of happiness. It’s been an unbelievable journey. I’ve really been enjoying every day. Every morning I drive here with a smile on my face, win or lose. That’s why this is so important for me. Everybody in this organization has been so important to me. I feel very special.”

Head coach Bruce Boudreau on handling this Game 7 loss:

“We have a few months to figure it out. We’ll get over it because you have to get out of it. When training camp comes around, you’re excited to play hockey. Right now, it’s a bitter pill to swallow.”

Boudreau on the first period:

“The first period was like men against boys, quite frankly. They were bigger, stronger, faster, and seemed more determined. We were on our heels. Everything we said we wanted not to do, we did. By the time we started playing well in the second, [Jonathan] Quick was there to make the saves when they needed them.”

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