DETROIT - MAY 19: Mikael Samuelsson #37 of the Detroit Red Wings skates with the puck against Samuel Pahlsson #26 of the Chicago Blackhawks during the first period of Game Two of the Western Conference Championship Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 19, 2009 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Sandford/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