Columbus Blue Jackets v Detroit Red Wings - Game Two
DETROIT - APRIL 18: Goalie Steve Mason #1 of the Columbus Blue Jackets gets ready to start Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs while the home Detroit Red Wing fans wave their towels on April 18, 2009 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan (Photo by Dave Reginek/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