He, and they, were denied that — by the
"It's a tough feeling," Selanne said. "You want to go further. We felt we had the chance to go next round, maybe all the way. It's going to be tough to wake up tomorrow morning and realize it's all over.
" . . . One way, it feels like yesterday, but in another way, it feels like a long time ago — and it goes fast. I always tell the young guys, enjoy every day because you know what? It goes like that — so quickly."
And was it for the future Hall of Famer? Was he truly done at age 43? The questions were almost tinged with a little hope maybe he would play, well, somewhere next season. Any truth to the rumor he might play in Russia's
"I don't think so," he said.
Perhaps going back to the beginning, playing for his hometown club in Finland, Jokerit?
"I know there is a lot of interest for that," he said. "But I've always said I'm going to retire here and to be honest, I don't really have to play anywhere anymore."
The fans didn't want him to leave, giving him a standing ovation after the game ended. There were wonderful moments in the end-of-series handshake line between the Kings and the Ducks. The Kings have gotten to know Selanne through the years, mostly when the teams practiced together during the lockout last season.
They stayed on the ice and honored Selanne, tapping their sticks on the ice, a class move and tribute to an NHL brother. Selanne used the word "unbelievable" several times to describe the special gesture by the Kings.
"It's sad, that guy has been an unbelievable player in this league for so long. Everyone respects him," Kings defenseman
Said Kings forward
The Ducks were crushed by the loss and the way Selanne's vaunted career ended.
"There's nothing really to say at this point," Ducks captain
Selanne's close friend, countryman and teammate,
"You are going to feel sorry for yourself for a while and then you get back to normal life," Koivu said. "I really don't have an answer for you . . . [just] really take a good, careful look."
Selanne knew there would be no middle ground on Friday at