VANCOUVER, CANADA - JANUARY 30: Dan Hamhuis #2 of the Vancouver Canucks checks out an empty arena as he looks on from the Canucks bench before their NHL game against the Colorado Avalance at Rogers Arena January 30, 2013 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/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