SAN JOSE, CA - APRIL 01: Goalkeeper Antti Niemi #31 blocks the shot knocking the rebound away from Chris Higgins #20 of the Vancouver Canucks in the first period at HP Pavilion on April 1, 2013 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/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