Jeff Reed of the Pittsburgh Steelers drops the ceremonial puck between Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Ryan Malone of the Tampa Bay Lightning on February 4, 2009 at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/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