WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 26: Troy Brouwer #20 of the Washington Capitals (L) and Alexander Semin #28 of the Carolina Hurricanes (R) stretch before an NHL game at Verizon Center on February 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/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