SAINT PAUL, MN - MARCH 31: James Sheppard #51 of the Minnesota Wild posts up in front of the net against Mattias Ohlund #2 the Vancouver Canucks during the game at the Xcel Energy Center on March 31, 2009 in Saint Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/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