"It was important for us to try and win this hockey game and send the fans home happy in the last home game," Ottawa's Jason Spezza said. "(The streak) shows that we can be a more consistent club, but it still doesn't matter because we didn't make the playoffs and that was our ultimate goal and we didn't get there. Obviously we've done some better things of late, but we would have liked to do that earlier in the season."
"We wanted to play for each other," said Spezza, who finished his first season as captain. "We talked about it a lot down the stretch, how it would be easy to let up, and I thought the group showed good character by finishing hard and winning these games."