RALEIGH, NC - FEBRUARY 14: Dan Ellis #31 and Jamie McBain #4 of the Carolina Hurricanes defend a shot by the Toronto Maple Leafs during play at PNC Arena on February 14, 2013 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/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