WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 21: Jochen Hecht #55 of the Buffalo Sabres controls the puck against Nicklas Backstrom #19 of the Washington Capitals during a NHL preseason hockey game on September 21, 2009 at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC.. (Photo by Ned Dishman/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