This was a team I really disliked during the regular season. (It didn't help that they beat the Sharks 9-3) But watching them through the playoffs, I've grown to quite like them, especially Lalime, Hossa, Havlat and Spezza. (Okay, Spezza I like from ficcage but the rest I like from watching them play) I like that they didn't just give up after being down 3-1 in the series. They played somewhat schizophrenically throughout the playoffs, either being really on or being really off, but when they were on, they were great to watch.
I actually got a bit sniffly seeing the Sens after the end of the game because they looked so fucking sad. And Hossa was just ... laying there.
But they have a lot to be proud of. I think they've earned everyone's respect by this point.
*hugs to all the Sens fans*