STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - OCTOBER 8: Center Peter Forsberg #21 of the Columbus Blue Jackets squares off against right wing Matt Bradley #10 of San Jose Sharks at the The Ericsson Globe Arena during the 2010 Compuware NHL Premiere game on October 8, 2010 in Stockholm, Sweden. The Blue Jackets defeated the Sharks 5-2. (Photo by Gunnar Ask/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