UNIONDALE, NY - OCTOBER 03: The New York Islander lockerroom and the stall for John Tavares as photographed prior to his first NHL game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Nassau Coliseum on October 3, 2009 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/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