DALLAS, TX - JANUARY 17: Loui Eriksson #21 of the Dallas Stars celebrates a goal in front of Nicklas Lidstrom #5 and Ian White #18 of the Detroit Red Wings at American Airlines Center on January 17, 2012 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/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