RALEIGH, NC - FEBRUARY 28: Prior to an NHL game between the Carolina Hurricanes and Pittsburgh Penguins, fans of Brandon Sutter display message along the glass during pre-game warmups on February 28, 2013 at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. Tonight marks Sutter's return to PNC Arena to face his former teammates after a trade package sent him to Pittsburgh in exchange for Jordan Staal. (Photo by Phil Ellsworth/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