LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 07: Jack Johnson #3 of the Los Angeles Kings reacts as he keeps R.J. Umberger #18 of the Columbus Blue Jackets from the puck in front of Jonathan Quick #32 during the first period at Staples Center on January 7, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/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