SAN JOSE, CA - APRIL 19: Bobby Ryan #9 of the Anaheim Ducks shoots the puck just past the glove of goalie Evgeni Nabokov #20 of the San Jose Sharks and scores the first goal of the game during Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinal Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 19, 2009 at HP Pavilion at San Jose in San Jose, California. (Photo by Don Smith/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