WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 8: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals swats shots at goal during a NHL hockey game against the New York Rangers on October 8, 2009 at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/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