NEWARK, NJ - FEBRUARY 09: Evgeni Malkin #71 of the Pittsburgh Penguins warms up before playing against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on February 9, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/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