Pittsburgh Penguins v Washington Capitals - Game One
WASHINGTON - MAY 02: John Erskine #4 of the Washington Capitals and Jordan Staal #11 of the Pittsburgh Penguins both prepair for the start of the game during warm ups prior to Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinal Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 2, 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