TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 19: Ryan Malone #12 of the Tampa Bay Lightning signs autographs with fans before the start of the game against the Washington Capitals at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on January 19, 2013 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Audette/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