COLUMBUS, OH - JANUARY 10: Jack Johnson #7 of the Columbus Blue Jackets checks Tuomu Ruutu #15 of the Carolina Hurricanes during the first period on January 10, 2014 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