BUFFALO, NY - APRIL 04: Maxim Afinogenov #61 of the Buffalo Sabres battles for the puck in the corner with Dainius Zubrus #8 of the New Jersey Devils on April 4, 2009 at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/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