Jon Francisco postgame quotes.

Thoughts in the moment:
Now what? Now what, really. You don’t really think about these moments, what’s next after this. It’s a tough way to end the season. They played well, I think we responded real well. We missed some breaks tonight. Obviously took some tough ones under the chin.

On the number of bad bounces:
You see bad bounces, you just don’t see ’em so repetitively. But that’s why you play the game. Good bounces, bad bounces, you’re going to have your night, you’re not going to have your night. We came up short, but it wasn’t for lack of effort that’s for sure.

On Geoff Walker’s first-period goal getting called back:
It would have been a big goal for us. It would have been a momentum changer. They were pushing hard, pushing hard. Chad (Starling) made a good pass to (Geoff) Walker there, he went in, he scored. I saw the ref’s hand go up right away. I knew what was going on.

On the season ending:
The guys played their asses off tonight. All season. This is a tough way to end it, that’s for sure. Especially the character that’s in that locker room. Every single one of those guys, you would stand and take a bullet for, and they would take a bullet for you. Best team I’ve been on, for sure.

On third-period comeback:
I don’t think that surprised too many people. We expected to come back at some point. It was just too little, too late.

What makes this the best team you’ve ever been on?
I don’t know about talent wise, but I’d say heart and character and quality of people in that locker room, everybody cares so much and everybody’s so proud of each other, there isn’t a selfish guy in there. Each guy would probably take a bullet for everyone else in there. It’s tough to walk away from.

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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.