Well said. What was infuriating about the first 30 games is that we all knew that wasn't their best effort, despite what Guptill said. They weren't giving their all. To their credit, they fought instead of rolling over like some disappointing teams around the nation have in the past. They didn't embarrass themselves, and if they rolled over they would have. They seemingly learned their lesson.
The problem with what happened the first 30 games is that they left themselves no margin for error and they ran into a better team. If anyone does a tournament pool (even with Michigan not in it) I just might pick ND to win it all. That's a darn good hockey team. They were more aggressive, got to loose pucks faster, were great at cycling in the offensive zone, great in transition, and just didn't give Michigan anything in their own defensive zone. I don't know why they took their foot off the gas late in the game. It almost bit them. Michigan didn't have anything working for 55 minutes of that game (outside of 3 or 4 isolated shifts) and once ND sat back they had two really great chances to tie the game.
They should be proud about the way that they fought--but they also need to remember the lessons learned in the first 30 games and never let that happen again. They're one of the 16 best teams in the country and they're not in the tournament because of it.