OTTAWA, ON - DECEMBER 30: Karl Alzner #27 and John Carlson #74 of the Washington Capitals celebrate a first-period goal as Craig Anderson #41 of the Ottawa Senators looks on during an NHL game at Canadian Tire Centre on December 30, 2013 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Jana Chytilova/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