DETROIT, MI - MAY 06: Tomas Holmstrom #96 of the Detroit Red Wings battles for the puck with Doug Murray #3 of the San Jose Sharks in Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals in the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Joe Louis Arena on May 6, 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