Matt Thomas postgame quotes.

Thoughts on the series:
You saw it go all the way down right to Game 7. You’d think a 4-1 lead — no lead was safe in the series. It shows that both teams were focused. The desire level was probably like it was a championship series. I think both teams, really, if you look back at it, didn’t play great defensively, because I don’t think you can give up as many goals as we gave up in the series to each team, but I also think both teams — Kraus’ goal is one of the prettiest goals. They scored the goal last night, I forget which it was, but there were some pretty goals. For a young team too, with the amount of young guys up front, they’re a talented group. That’s a really good team we just beat. At the end of the day, I think we might have got the lucky bounces. And that ends up being the difference.

Did you see interference on Geoff Walker’s goal that was called back?
I didn’t see it originally. On the replay, there’s definitely contact. Our guy is trying to get back into the play, gets knocked down. I don’t really. (The interference) wasn’t what sprung them (to score the goal). The new standard is, any interference — impeding is the word — impede any player’s forward progress, and you’re subject to a penalty. I think at the end of the day that is the new standard.

Did you hear a whistle prior to the goal being scored?
I thought I heard the whistle. There was a few times in there that I didn’t hear whistles, but I looked over, and I think the whistles were blown. It went that way. Without looking at the video, I can’t comment.

Looking forward to playing Las Vegas?
I’m just looking forward to still playing. I think we’re the lucky ones. That’s it. We just had a little more luck on our side. Any time you can beat a team that’s that good a team, you have to have luck on your side. We got some bounces early in the game that ended up being the difference, obviously.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the 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.