OTTAWA, CANADA - JANUARY 29: Marc Methot #3 of the Ottawa Senators checks Joey Crabb #15 of the Washington Capitals along the boards during an NHL game at Scotiabank Place on January 29, 2013 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/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