WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 22: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals makes a pass against Justin Abdelkader #8 of the Detroit Red Wings during an NHL hockey game on October 22, 2011 at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC. (Photo by Ned Dishman/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