CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 03: Tomas Kopecky #82 of the Chicago Blackhawks tries to steal the puck from Tom Gilbert #77 of the Edmonton Oilers as Dean Arsene #8 of the Oilers waits on the side during the game on March 03, 2010 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/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