OTTAWA - DECEMBER 12: Brian Elliott #30 of the Ottawa Senators drinks from a water bottle during warmups prior to a game against the Carolina Hurricanes at Scotiabank Place on December 12, 2009 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/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