ST. PAUL, MN - MARCH 31: Willie Mitchell #33 of the Los Angeles Kings and Mikko Koivu #9 of the Minnesota Wild battle for control of the puck during the game at the Xcel Energy Center on March 31, 2012 in St. Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/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