Pittsburgh Penguins v Washington Capitals - Game Two
WASHINGTON - MAY 04: Alex Ovechkin #8 and Simeon Varlamov #40 of the Washington Capitals makes there way through the fans for the pregame warm ups before Game Two of the Eastern Conference Semifinals Round of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Pittsburgh Penguins on May 4, 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