NEWARK, NJ - SEPTEMBER 25: Alexei Semenov #25 of the New York Rangers collides with P.L. Letourneau-Leblond #22 of the New Jersey Devils in the first period of a preseason hockey game at Prudential Center on September 25, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/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