MONTREAL, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 20: Michael Ryder #73 of the Dallas Stars skates with the puck while being defended by Andreas Engqvist #63 of the Montreal Canadiens during the NHL pre-season game at the Bell Centre on September 20, 2011 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/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