DETROIT, MI - FEBRUARY 21: RJ Umberger #18 of the Columbus Blue Jackets, battling with Brian Lashoff #23 of the Detroit Red Wings, scores a first-period goal on Jimmy Howard #35 at Joe Louis Arena on February 21, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/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