COLUMBUS, OH - DECEMBER 14: Antoine Vermette #50 of the Columbus Blue Jackets returns to the bench after scoring a power play goal at 16:23 of the first period against the Nashville Predators at the Nationwide Arena on December 14, 2009 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
For six months, it's a really good accomplishment. But as soon as April [11, the end of the regular season] comes around, no one thinks about the regular season anymore. For six months, it's a real battle to get into the playoffs in the NHL these days. There are a lot of good teams, and it takes consistency over a long time.
— Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau on clinching a playoff berth after a win against the Islanders on Saturday