Pittsburgh Penguins v Washington Capitals - Game Seven
WASHINGTON - MAY 13: Jordan Staal #11 of the Pittsburgh Penguins is checked by David Steckel #39 of the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center during Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 13, 2009 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/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