NEW YORK - APRIL 26: Nikolai Zherdev #13 of the New York Rangers falls to the ice against David Steckel #39 and Boyd Gordon #15 of the Washington Capitals during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 26, 2009 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by Scott Levy/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