DETROIT, MI - APRIL 01: Jimmy Howard #35 of the Detroit Red Wings looks back on a goal scored by Tomas Fleischmann #14 (not pictured) of the Florida Panthers during an NHL game at Joe Louis Arena on April 1, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/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