"The adversity that we faced this year was unlike anything I've ever seen, especially at the start of the year," said top defenseman Cam Fowler, who missed the playoffs with a shoulder injury. "We grinded it out, and to get to the 100-point mark was fantastic. But at the end of the day, you have to make a name for yourself come playoff time, and unfortunately we didn't do that this year."
"I've said it in the past: I think I'm a playoff player," he said. "I've watched the playoffs and when I look at the style of play and it's something I was jealous because I wasn't involved in it. Now I get that opportunity and I have to back those words up."