EDMONTON, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 23: Ryan Malone #6 of the Tampa Bay Lightning cuts to the net with Magnus Paajarvi #91of the Edmonton Oilers right behind him, while Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk #40 is in goal on September 23, 2010 at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Dale MacMillan/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