TORONTO, CANADA - JANUARY 23: Jake Gardiner #51 of the Toronto Maple Leafs defends as P.A. Parenteau #15 of the New York Islanders passes the puck during NHL game action January 23, 2012 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Graig Abel/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