ATLANTA - OCTOBER 3: Ilya Kovalchuk #17 of the Atlanta Thrashers is congratulated by teammates after scoring a first period goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Philips Arena on October 3, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/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