Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Ottawa Senators - Game Three
OTTAWA, ON - APRIL 18: A fan poses outside of Scotiabank Place before Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quaterfinals between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Ottawa Senators during the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals at Scotiabank Place on April 18, 2010 in Ottawa, Canada. (Photo by Phillip MacCallum/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