Pittsburgh Penguins v Washington Capitals - Game Five
WASHINGTON - MAY 09: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals wins the affection of his fans during the pregame warm ups against the Pittsburgh Penguins during Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinal Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 9, 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