For perhaps the first time in his life, Jarome Iginla did an interview without smiling.
"This is the worst feeling I've ever had in any sport I have ever been a part of," the Calgary Flames captain said after his team lost 2-1 in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final last night.
"We wanted to win for so many reasons, and we missed by one shot in the last two games. It's very, very hard to take."
Craig Conroy, who scored the Flames' only goal last night in Tampa, offered a similar sentiment.
"There are highs and lows," he said. "This is probably the lowest this team is going to get. We feel we deserved better, but they (Lightning) won the game. We just couldn't counter their two goals.
As usual, Conroy shouldered his share of the blame.
"Jarome and I needed to do a little bit more," he said. "We just couldn't get it done. This is as disappointing as it gets."
The Flames are this year's Cinderella team, but Conroy said that they don't intend to have their carriage turn back into a pumpkin.
"We want to be different than Anaheim," he said. "We want to be different than Carolina. We want to come back. That's our goal right now."
Iginla tried to take the same attitude, but admitted that it will take a while to rebound.
"It makes you hungry," he said. "But this is going to be with us for a long time. It's hard to believe this happened. We expected it to be us celebrating in here. We expected it to be us playing the music. And it's not. That's very hard to take."
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AL STRACHAN -- Toronto Sun
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