DETROIT - MAY 10: Ryan Whitney #19 of the Anaheim Ducks and Kirk Maltby #18 of the Detroit Red Wings battle for the puck during Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinal Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 10, 2009 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan (Photo by Dave Reginek/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