UNIONDALE, NY - DECEMBER 21: Matt Martin #17 of the New York Islanders battles for the puck in front of Sami Vatanen #45 and teammate Frederik Andersen #31 of the Anaheim Ducks during the first period of an NHL hockey game at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on December 21, 2013 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/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