ANAHEIM, CA - JANUARY 22: Rod Pelley #14 of the Anaheim Ducks looks to play the puck as David Van Der Gulik #7 of the Colorado Avalanche falls to the ice in the first period during the NHL game at Honda Center on January 22, 2012 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/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