Lowry comes up short again

ERIC FRANCIS -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 2:43 PM ET

BR> TAMPA -- In the midst of his second -- and likely last -- loss in the Stanley Cup final, Dave Lowry wasn't about to make any rash decisions concerning his playing future.

 "It's premature to talk about anything right now -- obviously we'll have to see how the summer goes," said the 39-year-old, who many hoped would end his career like Lanny McDonald, with a Cup. "It's a real empty feeling to have to hear the celebration going on outside. We just came up short and we're not going to sit here and make excuses."

 Missing two months with abdominal muscles torn from his pelvis, amongst other ailments, the veteran winger returned to the lineup against Detroit following months of rehab he often wondered whether it was being done in vain. However, when needed most, he provided his club with a spark on the ice and leadership off it.

 "As captain he's been the best leader I've been around," said Chris Clark of Lowry, who was stripped of his Calgary captaincy late two seasons ago. "Even if he's not the captain this year he's definitely the best leader and he does it on the ice as well as of the ice. He's been hurting all these playoffs, really battling through an injury and is not 100 percent but he's out there pushing as hard as anybody."

 Jarome Iginla said of the many regrets he'll have over last night's 2-1 loss in Game 7, one was not being able to give Lowry a Cup.

 "To see all the guys that worked so hard... you know, they have Dave Andreychuk who won the Stanley Cup (last night), well, we have a good friend of ours, Dave, who has played 18 years," said Iginla.

 "Guys wanted to win it so bad for him."


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