New York Rangers v Washington Capitals - Game Five
WASHINGTON - APRIL 24: Fans of the Washington Capitals cheer on Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals as he faces elimination to the New York Rangers during Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 24, 2009 at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC. (Photo by Len Redkoles/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