COLUMBUS, OH - DECEMBER 16: Jeremy Smith #35 of the Columbus Blue Jackets waits for his turn in net during the pre-game warmups prior to the start of the game against the Winnipeg Jets on December 16, 2013 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/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