Hardly. Folks, when Carolina traded away Cory Stillman, Mike Commodore, and Andrew Ladd it looked from here (I'm a Caps fan...) that Carolina was positioning itself more for next season. Then, the Hurricanes went 15-3-2 over their next 20 games (including getting three of four points in two games against Washington). As well as the Caps were playing, we didn't think the Hurricanes were ever going to lose again.
Your team lost three of its last four, and that no doubt leaves a bitter taste. But could any team really have fought harder? That Carolina is not the second team in the playoffs is largely a product of what the Bruins did in that same stretch of games since Carolina made its trade. Boston played in 27 games in that stretch, and 11 of them went to extra time. That's a lot of three point games -- Boston went 13-7-7...seven extra points won in overtime or shootout losses, four of those points coming in shootout losses.
Seems to me that after a while, folks might look back on this season and remember the hard fight Carolina put up for two months to hold on to the division lead for so long.