COLUMBUS, OH - JANUARY 18: Chris Clark #11 of the Columbus Blue Jackets attempts to keep control of the puck away from Paul Kariya #9 of the St. Louis Blues during the first period on January 18, 2010 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/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