SAN JOSE, CA - JANUARY 14: Scott Nichol #21 and Evgeni Nabokov #20 of the San Jose Sharks defend against Byron Bitz #61 of the Boston Bruins during an NHL game at the HP Pavilion on January 14, 2010 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/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