OTTAWA - DECEMBER 16: Jarkko Ruutu #73 of the Ottawa Senators stickhandles the puck away from Matt Ellis #37 and Andrej Sekera #44 of the Buffalo Sabres behind the net at Scotiabank Place on December 16, 2009 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)
We never really stopped believing in ourselves. We were hearing a lot of things about our team in the regular season. Seems like we put things back together at the right time and we're back in the finals with this group. We know what we have in this room, we believe in each other, we believe in the organization and it really matter what other people say.
— Patrick Sharp after Blackhawks clinched Western Conference title with Game 7 win vs. Ducks