Frans Nielsen of the New York Islanders takes down Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals on January 19, 2009 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. The Capitals defeated the Islanders 2-1 in overtime. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/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