San Jose Sharks vs. Detroit Red Wings - Game Three
DETROIT, MI - MAY 04: Darren Helm #43 of the Detroit Red Wings stands among Kent Huskins #40 of the San Jose Sharks and teammates Joe Pavelski #8 and Scott Nichol #21 in Game Three of the Western Conference Semifinals in the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Joe Louis Arena on May 4th, 2011 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