DETROIT - SEPTEMBER 18: Ryan Callahan #24 of the New York Rangers tries to protect the puck from Dan Cleary #11 of the Detroit Red Wings during the NHL pre-season game at Joe Louis Arena on September 18, 2009 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