UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 23: Evgeni Nabokov #20 of the New York Islanders walks to the ice for warm-ups prior to the gamae against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on March 23, 2014 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Mike Stobe/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