TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 14: Alex Killorn #17 and Cory Conacher #89 of the Tampa Bay Lightning fight for control of the puck with Troy Brouwer #20 of the Washington Capitals during the first period of the game at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on February 14, 2013 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via 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