Brad Mehalko postgame quotes

Thoughts in the moment:
Obviously a large amount of disappointment. After the year we had, we looked forward to playing in the playoffs a long time. We had given ourselves a chance to be contenders.

What happened in the final seconds when you raised your arms?
To me it looked like the puck went in the net. Obviously it didn’t go in the net. I didn’t think I scored; I thought somebody shot it in from the left side. It just grazed up on the outside of the mesh and laid there. I thought we banged it in late, but it didn’t happen. It was complete chaos out there. We battled hard to the end, and that’s all you can ask for.

On how Geoff Walker’s goal being called back affected the game:
Anytime you get a goal called back, which clearly in our eyes should have been (a goal), it’s disappointing. But then maybe that got to us a little bit and that’s disappointing on our shoulders. We’ve got to think about that. We kind of let up for 10 minutes of the game, and that possibly could have cost us the series.

On the third-period comeback:
It’s 4-1 going into the third period, and you know you’ve got to go. We’ve done it before, pushed late, played hard until the end a couple of nights. We’ll try to get it done again, just came up a little bit short.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.