OTTAWA, ON - SEPTEMBER 25: Bobby Ryan #6 of the Ottawa Senators celebrates a first period goal with teammates Mika Zibanejad #93 and Colin Greening #14 against the Montreal Canadiens during an NHL pre-season game at Canadian Tire Centre on September 25, 2013 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/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