SAN JOSE, CA - MARCH 09: Vladimir Sobotka #17 of the St. Louis Blues scores a goal on Antti Niemi #31 of the San Jose Sharks at HP Pavilion on March 9, 2013 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/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