DENVER, CO - APRIL 19: Goalie Semyon Varlamov #1 of the Colorado Avalanche collects the puck as Zach Parise #11 of the Minnesota Wild and Charlie Coyle #3 of the Minnesota Wild pressure the goal and Nick Holden #2 and Jan Hejda #8 of the Colorado Avalanche help defend in Game Two of the First Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Pepsi Center on April 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/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