SAN JOSE, CA - FEBRUARY 09: Goalkeeper Antti Niemi #31 of the San Jose Sharks blocks a shot with his stick knocking the puck away from Shane Doan #19 of the Phoenix Coyotes in the first period at HP Pavilion on February 9, 2013 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/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