Washington Capitals v Pittsburgh Penguins - Game Four
PITTSBURGH - MAY 08: Sergei Gonchar #55 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates his goal with teammates against the Washington Capitals during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 8, 2009 at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/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