RALEIGH, NC - JANUARY 05: Fans congratulate Justin Faulk #27 of the Carolina Hurricanes on being named to the USA Olympic Team prior to an NHL game against the Nashville Predators at PNC Arena on January 5, 2013 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/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