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June 8, 2013 10:19 pm

Scuderi addresses game, season, future

On the team improving as play progressed in Game 5:
“I thought we continued our play from regulation. After their big start, I thought we controlled the majority of the game, and at the start of overtime I thought we were jumping pretty good, and it looked like we were really trying to end it there. It didn’t happen for us, but sometimes you’ve got to stay with it. Unfortunately it didn’t happen.”

On the overall story or theme to the 2012-13 season:
“I think consistency. You consider last year’s Stanley Cup run, and it’s not easy to repeat, but we came in, we gave ourselves a good chance, we had a good season, and then to make a run into the playoffs, down 2-0 to St. Louis, come back and win a back-and-forth series against San Jose which could have gone either way, we found a way to win. Unfortunately we were stopped here in the Western Conference Finals, but I mean, overall I’m pretty proud of the team, especially considering tonight in that early 2-0 hole, it looks like we could kind of fold up shop and call it a season to a better team on home ice, but we battled back. We stayed with it, and at least we gave ourselves a chance.”

On ending the season on battling in a double overtime game in the Conference Finals:
“I’ve been on teams before that might have left an even bigger hole because you feel like you had regrets about maybe what you could’ve left out there as a team, maybe as a group and possibly as individuals. As much as it is a disappointing feeling to lose here tonight and to not have a chance to repeat, I’m not ashamed of our group and the effort that we put forward.”

On the realization that his contract is expiring, and what it could mean heading forward:
“I’m not sure. Like you said, it’s a little fresh right now, so it’s not really something I’m thinking about or dwelling on. So we’ll take a few days, rest here, relax and say good bye to a few guys before they take off for the rest of the summer, and then cross that bridge when we come to it.”

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