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Red Wings GM Ken Holland says season-ending setback stings day after Game 7 loss to Blackhawks

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    Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard (35) and teammates react after the Blackhawks defeated the Red Wings 2-1 in the overtime in Game 7 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference semifinals, Wednesday, May 29, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)The Associated Press

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    Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard (35) looks at the puck inside the goal after Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook scored in overtime in Game 7 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference semifinals, Wednesday, May 29, 2013, in Chicago. The Blackhawks won 2-1. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)The Associated Press

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    Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock gestures to his players during the first period in Game 7 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference semifinals against the Chicago Blackhawks, Wednesday, May 29, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)The Associated Press

Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland says its stings to have the season end by losing a 3-1 series lead against the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Blackhawks beat Detroit 2-1 in overtime Wednesday night to advance to the Western Conference finals.

Holland says he has mixed emotions about the lockout-shortened year.

He's disappointed Detroit couldn't win one more game to advance for a second time this postseason. Holland is encouraged, though, by how well the team's veterans led and the ways in which its inexperienced players improved during a rebuilding season.

The Red Wings hope to agree to win-win deals with Damien Brunner, Valtteri Filppula, Daniel Cleary and Drew Miller before they hit the market as unrestricted free agents. They also want to extend Pavel Datsyuk's contract in July.