"Sometimes hockey's cruel," Ruff said. "It was cruel, really cruel, to a group of guys that worked as hard as they possibly could tonight."
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"Going fourth tells you that the lack of success put him in that slot," Ruff said. "He's been great all year 5-on-5, overtime ... I think there's players that can seize the moment, and he seized that moment."
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