OTTAWA - NOVEMBER 4: Alexei Kovalev #27 and Jason Spezza #19 of the Ottawa Senators laugh as they head to the ice for warm-ups prior to a game against the New York Islanders at Scotiabank Place on November 4, 2010 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/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