RALEIGH, NC - MARCH 16: Dennis Seidenberg #44 of the Boston Bruins goes for the puck against Tom Kostopoulos #29 of the Carolina Hurricanes during their NHL game on March 16, 2010 at the RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Scott Pilling/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