NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 17: John Carlson #74 of the Washington Capitals (C) scores a first period goal against the New York Rangers and is joined by Eric Fehr #16 (L) and Alex Ovechkin #8 (R) at Madison Square Garden on February 17, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/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