Carolina Hurricanes v New Jersey Devils - Game Five
NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 23: Brian Rolston #14 of the New Jersey Devils warms up before playing the Carolina Hurricanes during Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Round of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 23, 2009 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/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