RALEIGH, NC - NOVEMBER 06: Alex Goligoski #33 of the Dallas Stars and goaltender Kari Lehtonen #32 prepare to take the ice prior to a NHL game against the Carolina Hurricanes on November 6, 2011 at RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/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