RALEIGH, NC - OCTOBER 28: Stormy, mascot of the Carolina Hurricanes performs his Thriller routine before a NHL game against the St. Louis Blues on October 28, 2009 at RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/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