BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 03: Jeff Schultz #55 of the Washington Capitals reacts to getting hit with a high stick from Jason Pominville #29 of the Buffalo Sabres on March 3, 2010 at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, New York. Pominville received a penalty on the play. (Photo by Bill Wippert/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