RALEIGH, NC - DECEMBER 23: Eric Staal #12 of the Carolina Hurricanes looks to play the puck past Sergei Gonchar #55 of the Ottawa Senators during an NHL game on December 23, 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