A hero is born every minute in the playoffs.

And, now the questions about Craig Anderson can finally be put to rest for good. Nobody in the Senators dressing room wanted — or needed — this post-season victory more than the club's top goaltender. He has been chasing one his whole career.

Anderson, 31, didn't just win, he did it in convincing fashion by stopping 171-of-180 shots in the club's 4-1 series win over the No. 2-ranked Montreal Canadiens. They will spend the summer having nightmares about missed chances on Anderson.

Through it all, Anderson never let the fact he'd never won a playoff series bother him. He kept his eye on the prize, he kept working and he kept a promise to himself that sooner or later it would happen for him. He just had to be patient.

"You have to believe in yourself and you have to believe that you're going to win a series," said Anderson. "For me, it was just a matter of time.

"I saw myself winning a series. That's where it starts. If you start winning mentally in your head, start to visualize and you can see it happening usually your dreams come true when you start preparing like that."

Anderson doesn't feel like he got a monkey off his back.

"Not really. It's good to win, and it feels good, but at the same time I knew it was eventually going to happen," said Anderson. "(The media) never really brought it up. It wasn't a big topic.

"If it had been five or six years in a row, then there would have been some talk about it."

He understands that goalies earn their reputation in the post-season.

"You could argue until you're blue in the face that Patrick Roy is a better goalie than Martin Brodeur based on (Roy's) playoff (save) percentage and playoff wins. That's when it matters," said Anderson.

"They're both great goalies, but (Brodeur) has all the regular season records and (Roy) has all the playoff records. Playoffs definitely mean a lot and at the end of the day the guy that hoists the Cup is all that really matters."

The Senators have had better teams in the past, but they've never had better goaltending.