BUFFALO, NY - NOVEMBER 04: Corey Tropp #78 of the Buffalo Sabres warms up to play the Calgary Flames at First Niagara Center on November 4, 2011 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/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