WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 17: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals celebrates scoring the teams second goal against the Nashville Predators at the Verizon Center on October 17, 2009 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