COLUMBUS, OH - JANUARY 26: Steve Mason #1 and Antoine Vermette #50, both of the Columbus Blue Jackets, and Pekka Rinne #35 of the Nashville Predators stretch prior to the start of their game on January 26, 2010 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/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