RALEIGH, NC - APRIL 19: Joni Pitkanen #25 of the Carolina Hurricanes collides along the boards with Dainius Zubrus #8 of the New Jersey Devils during Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 19, 2009 at RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/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