DALLAS, TX - FEBRUARY 23: Taya Kyle, widow of U.S. Navy Seal sniper Chris Kyle, along with Miss Texas USA Ali Nugent drop the ceremonial first puck between Joe Thornton #19 of the San Jose Sharks and Brenden Morrow #10 of the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center on February 23, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Glenn James/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