Pittsburgh Penguins v Carolina Hurricanes, Game Four
RALEIGH, NC - MAY 26: Fans tailgate before the Carolina Hurricanes face the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Final series of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs at RBC Center May 26, 2009 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/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