COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 18: A Columbus Blue Jackets ice crew member clears the ice before the game between the Dallas Stars and Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on October 18, 2011 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/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