SAN JOSE, CA - APRIL 21: Joe Thornton #19 of the San Jose Sharks takes a face-off against RJ Umberger #19 of the Columbus Blue Jackets during an NHL game on April 21, 2013 at HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. (Photo by Don Smith/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