SAN JOSE, CA - DECEMBER 17: Torrey Mitchell #17 of the San Jose Sharks skates against Sheldon Brookbank #21 of the Anaheim Ducks during an NHL game at the HP Pavilion on December 17, 2009 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/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