NEW YORK - APRIL 20: Alexander Semin #28 of the Washington Capitals is congratulated by teammates on the bench for his first-period goal against the New York Rangers during Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 20, 2009 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by Scott Levy/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