It has been almost a year since Game 5 of the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs ended for Predators forward Martin Erat.

It's still unclear whether memories linger of his giveaway in Chicago's zone that led to Patrick Kane's game-tying goal with 13.6 seconds left.

"I don't want to talk about that anymore," Erat said Monday as the Predators began preparing for Wednesday's playoff opener against the Ducks. "It's done. It happened.

"We have a new series this year, and I want to focus on that."

Before the giveaway, Erat was near the end of his best game of the Predators-Blackhawks series. He had scored two third-period goals to help give the Predators a 4-3 lead.

With a victory, Nashville would have gone up 3-2 with a chance to clinch the series at home. Instead, Kane's goal paved the way for Marian Hossa's overtime winner.

When the Predators returned to Nashville after the game, Coach Barry Trotz called to make sure the forward was OK.

"I could tell he took a lot on his shoulders," Trotz said. "But he's fine. Things are not going to go well for everybody all their life and that one has made him a better player."

This season Erat bounced back with 50 points, tied for the team lead. He had 17 points in his past 16 games.

He missed 18 games, including the past two of the regular season, because of a back problem. But he practiced for the first time in a week Monday and will play in Game 1, Trotz said.