New York Rangers v Washington Capitals - Game Seven
WASHINGTON - APRIL 28: A Fan of the Washington Capitals watches his team during the pregame warm ups against the New York Rangers during Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 28, 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