BOSTON - MAY 3: Tim Thomas #30 of the Boston Bruins walks out to the ice before the game against the Carolina Hurricanes during Game Two of the Eastern Conference Semifinall round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the TD Banknorth Garden on May 3, 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Steve Babineau/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