TORONTO, CANADA - FEBRUARY 4: Jordan Staal #11 of the Carolina Hurricanes stretches in the warm-up prior to a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on February 4, 2013 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Claus Andersen/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