PITTSBURGH - OCTOBER 02: Matt Cooke #24 of the Pittsburgh Penguins jokes with Maxime Talbot #25 during the 2008-2009 Stanley Cup Champion banner raising ceremony prior to the game against the New York Rangers on October 2, 2009 at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/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