New Jersey Devils v Carolina Hurricanes - Game Four
RALEIGH, NC - APRIL 21: Sergei Samsonov #14 of the Carolina Hurricanes checks Paul Martin #7 of the New Jersey Devils in the first period during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 21, 2009 at the RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/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