TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 29: Ryan Malone #12 of the Tampa Bay Lightning talks with a fan during pre-game warm-ups before the start of the game against the Ottawa Senators at the St. Pete Times Forum on October 29, 2009 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Audette/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