Its been just over three weeks since the Nashville Predators were eliminated from the playoffs, but the sting of the loss still remains for Mike Fisher.
With the Stanley Cup Finals set to get underway Fisher can't help but wonder what might have been.
Like many, Fisher believed the Predators had the potential to do great things this past season which makes playoff disappointment all that much more difficult to accept.
"We're all still disappointed by that loss," said Fisher. "We felt we were a better team which makes it that much more frustrating. I'm not taking anything away from Phoenix, they're a great team, but we felt we could have done better."
The Predators made a number of moves to build up its roster for a long playoff run and some of those players will remain in place. Fisher believes this year's experience will pay off in the long run. This was just the second time in franchise history that the Predators advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup Finals.
"I think we can take some of the bitterness of losing and use it as inspiration for next year," said Fisher. "This was a great group of players."
As a member of the Ottawa Senators Fisher experienced a number of playoff disapointments, but he says you can't dwell on the losses.
"This is what makes the Cup so special; it's so hard to win," said Fisher. "It's a challenge that's for sure."
Despite the disappointing end, Fisher says he thoroughly enjoyed his first full season with the Predators.
"I definitely felt more at home this season," he said. "Being there from the start and taking part in everything was great. The only downside was that I was hoping it was going to be a longer season."