LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 14: Antti Niemi #31 of the San Jose Sharks makes the save against Jeff Carter #77 of the Los Angeles Kings in Game One of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center on May 14, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/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