COLUMBUS, OH - DECEMBER 6: Goaltender Niklas Backstrom #32 of the Minnesota Wild, Artem Anisimov #42 of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Keith Ballard #2 of the Minnesota Wild battle for position in front of the net during the second period on December 6, 2013 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/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