PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 20: Aaron Asham #45 of the Pittsburgh Penguins knocks Viktor Stalberg #25 of the Chicago Blackhawks off the puck with a check in the first period on December 20, 2011 at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/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