RALEIGH, NC - SEPTEMBER 25: Josh Gratton #24 of the Atlanta Thrashers punches Tom Kostopoulos #29 of the Carolina Hurricanes as they fight during the first period of an NHL preseason game at the RBC Center on September 25, 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