The Stars came within two wins of lifting the Stanley Cup.
They battled and fought and scratched their way there but ultimately fell short, losing Game 6 to the 2020 Stanley Cup champion Lightning.
The loss was a tough one for the Stars, who went down 3-1 in the best-of-seven series before winning Game 5 in double overtime to keep the Stanley Cup Final rolling.
Emotions were raw afterward as members of the team spoke to the media.
Anton Khudobin: “There’s no feelings right now. Just empty, you know. We battled hard. Especially in this situation. It’s not easy to stay without families for two months, but we stick together, we stick as a team, we stick to each other, but right now there is nothing.”
Jamie Benn: “It sucks. You go through a lot with that group and . . .”
John Klingberg: “We’re two wins away from winning the Stanley Cup. We gave it all. Some key players got hurt, we grind it out, players coming in, stepping up, doing a great job. I’m proud of this team, this organization for what we’ve done. At the end of the day, we’re two wins away from the Stanley Cup.”
Tyler Seguin: “Emotions, tough right now. Like Klinger said, proud of this organization, these guys, all the guys, the aces coming in when guys have been hurt and different guys stepping up at different times. Going into that locker room, that trainers room, and having to wait in line to get in because everyone’s got ice bags on them, boys are grinding through. I know Tampa was, too. They’re a great team. Congratulations to them. They earned it, but very proud of everyone in our locker room.”
Rick Bowness: “No one expected us to get here, but we believed in ourselves, and we were committed to each other. We had team play, we had great camaraderie, great leadership and we pushed this team as far as it could get. We came up a little bit short but I’m very, very proud to be their coach. I’m very proud of the players, very proud of the organization, and there are still better days ahead for us but it was, it was a great experience. I enjoyed it, enjoyed getting in here, helping them get here, and it’s unfortunate we came up short. But I know we got as much out of this team as we possibly could. And from a coaching perspective, that’s all you can ask.”
Klingberg: “We’re brothers. We’re having a great time together, and obviously, this one stings a lot. It hurts. It hurts a lot. This is the dream to play on the biggest stage in the world, and you end up losing. It stings. It’s hurting.”
Seguin: “I think the biggest grind and hardest time of our lives as professional athletes, and also the most fun. I think we had so much fun kind of up until this point on this run, and it’s fun being on this stage and a lot of guys in this league or in this business don’t have that opportunity to feel this pressure, and we had a lot of fun with it, so it was great, but other than that, there’s nothing positive you’re really going to take from bubble life. It definitely sucked, and I think we’re all looking forward to seeing family and friends now.”