WASHINGTON - APRIL 15: A fan of the Washington Capitals holds up a sign prior to game one of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs against the New York Rangers on April 15, 2009 at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/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