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KUSA - Brutal. That's the best way to describe the feeling at Pepsi Center following the Avalanche 5-4 game 7 overtime loss to the Wild. In a series full of Colorado comebacks, the Avs let this one slip away. Four times Colorado had a one goal lead, four times they let that lead slip away, and then in overtime, the 4th overtime of this series, it cost them.

For any of the Denver media who were not in New York for the Super Bowl, this was what if felt like afterwards. The Avalanche players were devastated, each and every one of them. Yes, the Avalanche had a remarkable season. They went from the second worst team in all of the NHL, to the second best team in the Western Conference. The players didn't want to hear about that after the game.

Matt Duchene said this will motivate him to work this summer like no other. Ryan O'Reilly was crushed, saying he was embarrassed about the way things turned out. Nathan MacKinnnon, said game 7 will definitely tarnish this season.

Patrick Roy was actually the most positive person, but admitted the toughest part will be not being able to get up tomorrow and get ready for Chicago. The Wild will now face the Blackhawks in the second round while the Avalanche can only think about what could have been.

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