SAN JOSE, CA - APRIL 25: Goaltender Evgeni Nabokov #20 of the San Jose Sharks eyes a puck on the stick of Bobby Ryan #9 of the Anaheim Ducks during Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinal Round of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at HP Pavilion on April 25, 2009 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/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