WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 27: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals warms up before an NHL hockey game between the Buffalo Sabres and Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center on January 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/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