WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 11: Conference Division banners from the Washington Capitals hang on the ceiling before a NHL hockey game between the Washington Capitals and Carolina Hurricanes on December 11, 2009 at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/NHLI via Getty Images)
I spent a long summer thinking about that playoff series and what could have been. [The Blackhawks] ended up being the Stanley Cup champions, so we know we lost to a very good team. It's tough to know how close we were, and it motivates us for this year.
— Nashville captain Shea Weber in an interview with the Predators website