VANCOUVER, CANADA - JANUARY 5: Alex Burrows #14 of the Vancouver Canucks celebrates his goal with teammates Daniel Sedin #22, Henrik Sedin #33, and Sami Salo #6 as Kristian Huselius #20 of the Columbus Blue Jackets skates away during their game at General Motors Place on January 5, 2010 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Kim Stallknecht/NHLI via 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