"It still stings," said defenseman Alex Pietrangelo, the team captain. "After a couple days of reflection, I think you have to be proud of the point that we got to. I bet you halfway through the season not many people thought we'd be where we are today having this conversation. It's obviously still disappointing to us. The ultimate goal is always to win a Stanley Cup and to watch someone else do it this year again is extremely frustrating. But we've got a young group here, we feel like we've built some things here and I think we really have an opportunity to take a really big step next year."