LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 30: Evgeni Malkin #71 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates his first period goal with teammates Jussi Jokinen #36 and James Neal #18 against the Los Angeles Kings during the NHL game at Staples Center on January 30, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/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