BUFFALO, NY - DECEMBER 09: Ryan Miller #30 of the Buffalo Sabres listens to assistant coaches while warming up to play the Florida Panthers at First Niagara Center on December 9, 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