Stanley Cup Finals - Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings Team Practices
PITTSBURGH - JUNE 02: NHL top prospect John Tavares waits to meet Marian Hossa #81 of the Detroit Red Wings after the Detroit Red Wings Team Practice before Game 3 of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Finals at Mellon Arena on June 2, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Harry How/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