DENVER, CO - APRIL 26: Nathan MacKinnon #29 of the Colorado Avalanche controls the puck as Justin Fontaine #14 of the Minnesota Wild and Gabriel Landeskog #92 of the Colorado Avalanche follow the play in Game Five of the First Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Pepsi Center on April 26, 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