San Jose Sharks vs. Detroit Red Wings - Game Three
DETROIT - MAY 4: Joe Thornton #19 of the San Jose Sharks skates with the puck around the defense of Brad Stuart #23 of the Detroit Red Wings during Game Three of the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Joe Louis Arena on May 4, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/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