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Postgame Talk From The Tampa Side

from Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times,

Here are some postgame reactions:

Lightning captain Steven Stamkos on the season-ending loss:

"It really sinks in (Thursday), that feeling when you wake up and you think you are just going to keep playing. We've been in that mentality, working extremely hard here for these three rounds and now it's over. It's just a very disappointing, gut-wrenching feeling knowing how special this group was and not ending the way we wanted it to."

Stamkos on the back-to-back shutouts:

"You can't expect to win at this time of the year if you can't score. We have to give them some credit. That's a very good team over there. Their goaltender (Braden Holtby) played extremely well the last two games, and we probably felt how they felt for a couple of those games when (Andrei Vasilevskiy) stole some from them. We have to find a way, our line included, to score 5-on-5. This whole series, the team that won the series probably had the more consistent play 5-on-5 and they played well."

Defenseman Victor Hedman on if he thought this was the Lightning's year to win it all:

"You hope every year it's going to be the year, but we have a special group in here, there's no question about that. We've battled through adversity and tough losses, down in big holes, especially in this series, and we were able to come back and win three straight with two chances to win the series. It's tough when you don't score goals. I think today was the game we generated more scoring chances and it's just tough not to see any of those go in."

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added 7:58am, Watch postgame reaction from the Tampa side below.

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