WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 14: Joel Ward #42 of the Washington Capitals slides the puck between the legs of Jason Garrison #5 of the Vancouver Canucks for a first period goal at Verizon Center on March 14, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/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