ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 19: Fans of Ryan Getzlaf #15 of the Anaheim Ducks show their support with their sign as Getzlaf skates on the ice during pre-game warm ups before the game against the New York Islanders on March 19, 2010 at Honda Center in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Debora Robinson/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