BUFFALO, NY - FEBRUARY 07: Drew Stafford #21 and Cody Hodgson #19 of the Buffalo Sabres battle in the crease against Peter Budaj #30 of the Montreal Canadiens at First Niagara Center on February 7, 2013 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/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