WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 12: Connor Carrick #58 of the Washington Capitals batles for the puck against Matt Ellis #37 of the Buffalo Sabres in the first period during an NHL game at Verizon Center on January 12, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/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